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The word “anger” occurs over 248 times in the World English Bible. While there are certainly instances, such as abuse and other injustice, when anger is justified, God’s Word is clear: anger is a choice. And an angry spirit is fraught with danger.

“Don’t let your heart be troubled,” Jesus counsels. “Believe in God. Believe also in Me” (John 14:1).

With God’s help, we can choose to control our anger and keep it from destroying us.

Dangers of unjust anger

Matthew 5:22

But I tell you that everyone who is angry with his brother without a cause will be in danger of the judgment. Whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ will be in danger of the council. Whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of Gehenna.

Anger can lead to sin

Ephesians 4:26-27

Be angry, and don’t sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your wrath, and don’t give place to the devil.

Anger is a decision

Psalm 37:8

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Don’t fret; it leads only to evildoing.

What makes Jesus angry?

Matthew 21:12

Jesus entered into the temple of God and drove out all of those who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the money changers’ tables and the seats of those who sold the doves.

Quick temper leads to poor choices

Proverbs 14:17

He who is quick to become angry will commit folly, and a crafty man is hated.

Defusing anger

Proverbs 15:1

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

The believer’s relationship with anger

Colossians 3:7-8

You also once walked in those, when you lived in them; but now you also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and shameful speaking out of your mouth.

Anger is a snare

Proverbs 22:24-25

Don’t befriend a hot-tempered man, and don’t associate with one who harbors anger: lest you learn his ways, and ensnare your soul.

Is anger really so bad?

Galatians 5:19-20

Now the deeds of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies...

The benefits of letting my anger go

Proverbs 16:32

One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; one who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.