What the Bible Says About Anger
It seems like everywhere we look nowadays, something is happening that could make us angry if we allowed it. Anger in and of itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing so long as it’s used in the appropriate context and as the appropriate response. Jesus Christ Himself was angered at times but His anger was always the appropriate response and always justified. Thus, anger is not the sin. It is the expression of anger that, if we’re not careful, can be(come).
Throughout Scripture, unrighteous, unprovoked, vengeful and wrathful anger is strongly condemned. Unfortunately, and more often than not, it is this kind of anger we can often feel and experience. The kind of anger that is harmful (if not catastrophic) to families, friendships, relationships, careers, our world and, yes, our salvation. Moreover, and on the daily, this kind of anger takes a negative toll on us physically, emotionally and spiritually leaving us drained of energy, bitter and resentful. Make no mistake, the devil loves when we’re angry. He wants us to lash out and hurt other people around us as well as ourselves. He knows that by losing our temper and harboring anger towards others, we’ll be zapped of (divine) power, alienated from others (which opens us up to further attacks), blocks prayers, causes increased strife and, inevitably, blocks us from living our best life (*see Ephesians 6:12).
So, if you are feeling angry today it’s time for a mental re-set. It’s time to stop those heavy feelings of anger in their tracks (Ps 37:8). One of the best ways to do this is by reading Scripture and understanding what God says about it. What are the warnings? The consequences? This is also a crucial component to overcoming feelings of anger (and depression) as well as dark forces (of evil) trying to hold you back. Understanding God’s Word on this issue will not only protect you, it’ll fully restore your soul to peace.
As you read over the below Bible verses listed in What the Bible Says About Anger, allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you. Allow Him to reveal the area’s you may harboring anger in your heart. And if He shows you something, don’t fight it. Allow Him to bring it to the surface. This will allow you to identify it and then weed it out with and through the powers of Christ. Extending forgiveness, kindness, love and mercy are the key’s to God’s heart (*see Galatians 5:22-23) and as He tells us, when we do our part — He will show up in mighty ways and do His.
What the Bible Says About Anger
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to [more] evil.”
“In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.”
“A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but the slow to anger calms a dispute.”
“You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of [your] Creator.”
“Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.”
“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”
“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”
“But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for Himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him. Be angry, and [yet] do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds [instead], and be silent. Selah. Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.”
“He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.”
“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”
“A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression.”
“But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”
We are called to be men and women of God, controlling our anger and growing in all the beautiful and righteous virtues of Christ. However, our good and just Lord will not expect of us what He Himself is not (or does not possess). Here are 5 powerful Bible verses describing the Lord’s attributes as it pertains to anger:
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.
For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of His feet.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
Read and meditate on all these verses any time you’re feeling stressed and angry. They will speak to your soul and give you the freedom you desire (regardless of circumstance or situation).
As you continue growing in ways of virtue, righteousness and holiness, may God continue to protect, anoint and favor you. May He bless you in mighty and unexpected ways moving forward.