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Anger

Not all anger is sin. Controlled anger, combined with patience is understanding and righteous. For example, if someone said or did something to wrong you, you will get angry. It is how you react or don’t react that makes that anger a sin. If you bottle it up inside, you will feel bitter toward that individual, and you may even take that anger out on someone else. If you lash out spontaneously, or treat the other person rudely, you have sinned. You cannot fight evil with evil. Paul said," Do not repay evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:17-18. And Paul also said," Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21. And again Jesus said, “ It has been said ‘do not murder or you will be subject to judgment’. But I tell you that if you are angry with your brother, you are subject to judgment.” Matthew 5:21-22. Therefore anger is compared to murder. Anger left alone hatches hate, and this can lead to murder. No one murders anyone without first being angry. Jesus said, “ do not judge or you will be judged. However you judge others you yourself will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2. No one should murder for it is a judgment and condemnation of death upon someone else. And who are we to judge and condemn outside a courtroom. Only God has the right to judge someone and to condemn them to pay with their life, because he is the author of life.

Only by following Jesus Christ and submitting your life to God’s will can you truly overcome anger. For he sends his spirit to teach you and humble you and you will begin to learn how to love others even when they hate you, just as God does. You will learn to forgive just as God does. You will see through his eyes.


 

Genesis 49:5-7

5 “Simeon and Levi are brothers- their swords are weapons of violence. 6 Let me not enter their council, let me not join their assembly, for they have killed men in their anger and hamstrung oxen as they pleased. 7 Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury, so cruel! I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel.”

(As Jacob blesses his sons, he comes to Simeon and Levi. He cursed their anger because it brought violence and bloodshed that came for the wrong reasons. This passage has to do with what Simeon and Levi did to a city and ruler whose son defiled their sister. They tricked a ruler to circumcise all of their males. Then while the men of that city were healing Simeon and Levi took their swords and slaughtered all of the men of the city, including the ruler and his son. Then they plundered the whole city and took the women and children with them. Genesis 34:1-31)


 

Ezra 8:22

22 “ -The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.”

(Even God gets angry, and our sins are what bring about our own judgment and God's wrath. God is not quick to punish or bring about great wrath on us. He gives us a lifetime to repent, so that he may be merciful.)


 

Proverbs 15:1

1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

(This is very true in so many situations. When someone is angry and yelling at you, try being meek and answer back with gentle words of wisdom. When an argument breaks out, it usually becomes a yelling contest, but if one side would step down, get rid of their pride, and humble their self, the argument would subside quickly.)


 

Proverbs 15:18

18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.

(Are you hot-tempered? Do you become angry easily and explode with violent words. Or are you the one who speaks calmly and with wisdom durying a heated arguement.)


Proverbs 16:32

32 Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.

(Here we cold use the situation regarding Simeon and Levi in Genesis 34:1-31. They caused trouble for their whole family. They had to move out of the area, and God had to bring terror on the surrounding towns so that none would pursue Jacob or their family. Simeone and Levi brought judgment on a whole city for something that one man did. They committed murder instead of being patient and letting God bring judgment against the man that defiled their sister.)


 

Proverbs 17:14

14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

(When an argument begins to get "heated", take a second to think if the argument even matters. Look at the situation and decide if you may be fighting out of pride to win the argument. Then calm the situation.)


Proverbs 19:3

3 A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord.

(While minstering to others, I truly could not tell you how many times I come across a person who refuses to go to church or even believe that God exists because they hold some kind of grudge against God. Usually it is because something terrable happened to that person. And in most cases, it is that persons own fault, that whatever terrible thing happened to them, happened. People blame God for addictions, violence, war, failed marriages, rape, and deaths. But these are all man's own doings.)


Proverbs 20:3

3 It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.

(A wise man will avoid a situation before it begins. Usually because he has already been through that particular situation, and he knows better. But a foolish man starts a fight because of ego, pride, jealousy, hate, and anger, not thinking or caring about the outcome.)


Proverbs 22:24-25

24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, 25 or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.

(People associate with other people like themselves. If you begin to associate with drunkards, you will more than likely begin drinking. If you begin to associate with people who do drugs, you will more than likely begin doing drugs. Likewise with hot tempered people. Just as it is written "He who walks with the wise, grow wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm." Proverbs 13:20.)


Proverbs 29:22

22 An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.

(Anger results in many sins. Most result in violence, whether to women, children or to ones own self. Anger is the beginning of a road taht leads to death. Along that road you may find others who try to deal with anger by using drugs or by getting drunk. But the way out of anger never lies with drugs or alcohol. It begins with a prayer. Ask the Lord for help, or someone that you may know who knows the Lord.)


Matthew 18:21-22

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

(Jesus did not mean literally only 77 times. You are to forgive continuously, just as your heavenly father will always forgive you, whether you sin 777 times, 7777 times, and so on in your life.)


 

Ephesians 4:26-27

26 “In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold.

(Ever have restless, sleepless nights, or some sort of insomnia from unpleasant thoughts running through your head, tormenting you because of your anger? Then you look to some sort of sinful pleasure to ease your mind of that anger. You have given the devil a foothold and you are doing what he wants you to do, sin. If you do not hand your anger over to Christ and learn to forgive the devil can torment you this way.)


 

James 1:19-20

19 My dear brothers, take not of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, 20 for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 21 Therefore. Get rid of all moral filth and evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.


 

1 John 2:9-11

9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. 11 but whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.

(Ever hear of blind rage? Anger and anxiety that causes you to lash out at everything, and in the end you hate everyone. Anger can lead to this if left go, and if you’re already there you can always ask Jesus Christ into your life and submit to God’s will. You will be healed and he will replace your anger and anxiety with calmness and peace.)