There are many Bible verses about anger, but this one really stands out to me. 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. ~ James 1:19-20
I couldn't think of a better way to begin the Bible Verses About Anger post than with those very direct words from James. Anger is an emotion that mostly causes harm. Harm to yourself and others. Harm to your heart and soul. Anger will often produce a sensation or feeling of intense rage that people describe by the common phrases of “seeing red” or “making my blood boil.” We have all felt it at some point or another in our lives, towards someone, or something. Many times anger manifests itself in regrettable harsh words or actions towards the ones we love.
But how do you control your anger? How do you keep from acting upon the strong feeling of rage? For most of us, anger has caused us to be mistreated or has caused us to mistreat or threaten others in non-loving ways. Some of us seem to be able to “let things go” or “take a lot” before having an outburst, while others are described as having a “short fuse” when things can escalate rather quickly. Studying the Bible verses about anger below might give you insight into letting Christ help you deal with your anger.
Controlling our anger can be a difficult thing. Screaming, shouting, and telling someone “what you really think of them,” can make us feel empowered over the situation while we're in the midst of it, that is until the rage subsides and you realize how much you have hurt the other person. We are warned in Proverbs to steer away from those who are easily angered because they will bring trouble and folly. Relationships can be scarred by the actions of an angry person.
The first step to controlling anger is to realize that the root of anger is pain. To quote the old song by R.E.M., “everybody hurts, sometimes.” Our pain comes to us in a physical or emotional sense. Knowing and acknowledging this pain is key in beginning to heal from it. Second, is to lay that burden of pain at Messiah's feet, to realize the things you cannot change or control and ask God to help in those areas. Third, we can pray to God for healing and change. Having a changed heart full of grace and forgiveness is the best place to start overcoming the anger that wants to rise up from within.
May these Bible verses about anger help you realize there are many things to get angry about, such as murder, child abuse, and those that make false accusations. But most things in our life, such as the long line at the grocery store, traffic jams or a child making an honest mistake are not worth the anger. Ask yourself is this something Jesus would get upset about? If not, pray about it and have God help you control your anger. May God Bless you abundantly!
Old Testament Bible Verses About Anger
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.
~ Proverbs 29:11
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
~ Proverbs 19:11
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
~ Proverbs 15:1
A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
~ Proverbs 15:18
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered,
~ Proverbs 22:24
New Testament Bible Verses About Anger
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
~ Ephesians 4:26
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
~ Ephesians 4:31