Bible doesn't say "Never be angry." In fact, it portrays Jesus, the perfect man,
the Son of God, driving the greedy money-changers out of the Temple (John 2:14-15).
We are expected to be angry at oppression, at the injustice in the world, at blatant
cruelty -- in other words, angry at sin.
But this isn't the kind of
anger most of us feel. Don't we usually feel anger -- sometimes boiling rage --
at being slighted, ignored, insulted? Don't pride and ego lead to most of our
anger? This kind of anger the Bible warns against. It promises sad consequences
if we persist in it.
My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow
to speak, and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in God's
Don't be quick-tempered, for anger is the friend of
Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that
to God. For it is written, "I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve
it," says the Lord. Instead, do what the Scriptures say: "If your enemies are
hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink, and they
will be ashamed of what they have done to you." Don't let evil get the best of
you, but conquer evil by doing good.
A gentle answer turns
away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.
Stop your anger!
Turn from your rage! Do not envy others -- it only leads to harm.
A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.
Stay away from fools, for you won't find knowledge there.
Keep away from angry, short-tempered people, or you will learn to be
like them and endanger your soul.
Mockers can get a whole
town agitated, but those who are wise will calm anger.
person starts fights and gets into all kinds of sin.
if you are angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you say to your
friend, `You idiot,' you are in danger of being brought before the court. And
if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell."
"Don't sin by letting anger gain control over you." Don't let the sun go down
while you are still angry.
Now is the time to get rid of
anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don't lie to each
other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds.
In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually
being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature
See also Hate, Pride, Self-control.
The Book of God's Promises, copyright 1999 by J. Stephen
Lang. All rights reserved, used with permission.