31 Bible Verses On Anger
Anger, like all emotions, is created by your thinking. Your thoughts push the anger button.
- It begins with an event you notice and the interpretation you place on it.
- The result of your interpretation is feeling, and feeling leads to emotional action (in this case, anger).
- This, therefore, makes it very difficult to give a clear definition of anger.
Anger is the result of emotional frustration or hostility. Webster defines anger as “a hostile feeling of displeasure that may result from injury, mistreatment, opposition.
Words Translated As Anger From Greek.
- Orge (noun). “Originally any natural impulse, or desire, or disposition. came to signify anger, as the strongest of all passions.”
- Ephesians 4:31 – “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.”
- Colossians 3:8 – “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.”
- 1 Timothy 2:8 – “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
- Thumos indicates a more agitated condition of the feelings, an outburst of wrath from inward indignation, while orge suggests a more settled or abiding state of mind, frequently with a view of taking revenge
- Orge is less sudden in its rise than thumos.
- Thumos expresses more the inward feeling . . . Orgy the more active emotion. T
- Thumos is translated as wrath.
- Original (a verb) means “to provoke, to arouse to anger.”
- Ephesians 4:26: – “angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath.”
- Matthew 5:22 – “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment . . .”
- Luke 15:25 (The Prodigal Son’s older brother) – “But he was angry and would not go in . . .”
What Does The Bible Say About Rage?
Frustration, irritation, and anger are common regardless of age, race, or gender. It is a natural emotional reaction to a displeasing situation or event. But it seems that anger is not only on the rise but is out of control. Anger is a great challenge today, and many people live angry lives. I remind you again of this little saying: “Anger and bitterness do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to the victim on which it is poured.”
Ultimately, anger hurts the person who is filled with it more than anyone else. In fact, the single factor most likely to cause a heart attack in the American adult is chronic exposure to hostile interactions with other people. Death rates are four to seven times higher in people filled with anger. But, the truth of the matter is that everybody gets angry at some time. The only difference is how we deal with it or the intensity we deal with it.
Some people blow up; other people clam up. Some people express it; other people repress it. Although neither of those are good alternatives, the Bible gives a third positive alternative on dealing with anger. In Ephesians 4:26, the Bible gives us four principles on managing anger. In verse 26, it says, “In your anger do not sin.”
That verse commands, “Be angry and do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you’re still angry. Do not give the devil a foothold.” The first biblical principle in managing your anger is to admit it. Simply put, stop trying to deny that you are angry.
The Bible says, “Be angry but don’t sin.” In other words, God allows anger. God says, “Go ahead and get mad.” That is a pretty straightforward command to follow. Sometimes anger is a valid response to life.
In the Old Testament, God got mad. In the New Testament, Jesus got angry. He got mad at the hypocrites. That tells me that even Jesus didn’t get along with everybody. Anger is a God-given emotion.
It’s emotional energy. If you are never upset by anything, you had better check your pulse because you are not in touch with reality. Anger is a God-given emotion. Some Christians get false guilt thinking, “I should never feel angry.” That is not only unhealthy; it is unbiblical. God says, “Be angry, but when you do, just don’t let it cause you to sin.”
Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to admit it when we are angry? We say things like, “I am not yelling! I am not angry! I am not mad!” and the veins are popping out! We love to deny it. Why? Because we feel guilty. But the fact is, internalizing your anger does not make you any better Christian than the person who blows up. Either way, it’s wrong, and it’s ineffective. I believe if most people obeyed this verse, we would have a lot less depression in our society.
The number one cause of depression is repressed rage. If you don’t talk it out, you will take it out on yourself or somebody else. The second biblical principle in managing your anger is to understand it. Paul says, “In your anger do not sin.” We need to realize that there is a difference between sinful rage and legitimate annoyance. There is a difference between appropriate anger and inappropriate anger.
There is a difference between helpful annoyance and hurtful rage. Anger is not necessarily wrong and is not always bad. What makes it different is why you got angry and what you do with those feelings. Ask yourself, “What am I angry about?” and “Why am I so upset? Why is this upsetting me? What is making me angry?”
Rage is never the root problem. When you get angry, that is not the actual cause. There is always a deeper issue. Anger is simply an emotional reaction to one of three other primary emotions, which are even deeper than getting angry. You must know this because it is much easier to deal with the roots than it is to deal with rage itself.
Why Do We Get Angry And What Causes Rage?
When you get angry, it’s either because,
- You are hurt.
- You are frustrated.
- You fear something.
It is easier to control your anger when focusing on the actual cause. When we feel rejection, criticism, and injustice, our natural tendency is to strike back at what is hurting us, which is causing pain in our lives. Sometimes that source of hurt is a memory, something that happened a long time ago that was never resolved, and every time you happen to be involved in something that triggers that memory, you get angry. You don’t understand why you are so upset. But it’s because it’s reminding you of something that happened a long time ago that you have never really dealt with.
It is also a fact that we get angry when we are frustrated. Frustration leads to rage. Sometimes it seems like nothing works like nothing seems to turn outright. And the more we try, the more things go wrong until we get frustrated. And that frustration very quickly turns into rage.
When you are angry, and it is caused by frustration, you need to ask yourself two questions: First, is my getting angry going to change the situation? If you are mad over something that already happened, forget it because you can’t erase the past. And if you can’t change the situation, why get angry about it. For example, if your car doesn’t start, it won’t do you any good to get out and kick the thing! Why are you so angry? You are frustrated, and that frustration turns to rage. Second, is it worth being upset over?
Here Are Bible Verses On Anger (New Living Translation)
Too often, to be considered a “good Christian,” we’re made to feel we should never get angry about anything – we should repress those feelings. Unfortunately, repressed anger will often transform itself into other monsters like bitterness and revenge over time. Apostle Paul gave the best-inspired advice about handling anger. (Ephesians 4:26-27) – “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.
1 Leviticus 19:18 – Never seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
2 Proverbs 12:16 – A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.
3 Proverbs 13:3 – Those who control their tongue will have a long life; a quick retort can ruin everything.
4 Proverbs 14:17 – Those who are short-tempered do foolish things.
5 Proverbs 14:29 – Those who control their anger have great understanding; those with a hasty temper will
6 Proverbs 15:28 – The godly think before speaking; the wicked spout evil words.
7 Proverbs 17:27 – A truly wise person uses few words. A person with understanding is even-tempered.
8 Proverbs 19:11 – People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrongs.
9 Proverbs 20:3 – Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.
10 Proverbs 20:22 – Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.'” Wait for the LORD to handle the matter.
11 Proverbs 22:24,25 – Keep away from angry, short-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.
12 Proverbs 25:15 – …soft speech can crush strong opposition.
13 Proverbs 29:11 – A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person quietly holds it back.
14 Proverbs 29:22 – A hot-tempered person starts fights and gets into all kinds of sin.
15 Eccl. 7:9 – Don’t be quick-tempered, for anger is the friend of fools.
16 Matthew 5:22 – If you are angry with someone, you are subject to judgement!
17 Eph. 4:26,27 – And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the devil.
18 Eph. 4:29 – Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
19 Eph. 4:31-32 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
20 Phil. 2:14 – In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing.
21 James 1:19 – Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
22 “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
23 “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.” (Proverbs 29:11)
24 “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18)
25 “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” (Luke 6:31, ESV)
26 “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:26-27, ESV)
27 “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” (Proverbs 19:11, ESV)
28 “Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!” (Proverbs 15:23, NLT)
29 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4, ESV)
30 “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.” (1 Peter 3:10)
31 “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him” (Proverbs 26:4, NIV)