How do we overcome anger? The Bible warns us not to be hot-tempered. In conflict situations we must learn to calm down and control our anger. When tension builds up and things start to get out of control it is wise to step back and return to the situation later. The following Bible verses provide biblical principles on how to deal with anger proactively.
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil.
A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
2 Timothy 2:23-24
Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.
Psalm 145: 8-9
The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “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.
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered,
You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must 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
A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated.
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.
Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, “says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
1 Timothy 3:2
Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless-not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.
A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.
1 Samuel 20:7
If he says, ‘Very well,’ then your servant is safe. But if he loses his temper, you can be sure that he is determined to harm me.
Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt. Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged
In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.
Feel free to use these verses for a Bible study on how to overcome anger or anger management. For more related articles click on the links below.
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