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Anger can sometimes get the best of us. Children disobey, people criticize our kids, drivers cut us off and then drive 5 mph under the speed limit, a person may budge in line after we’ve been waiting 20 minutes. There are a lot of life situations that can not only irk us but make us downright furious.
The following are instructions from the bible on how to deal with anger. I’m praying God will help me follow these guidelines whenever anger materializes. Care to join me?
Listen more than speak and try to understand other points of view.
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 (NIV)
Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heartof fools. ~ Ecclesiastes 7:9 (ESV)
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. ~ Proverbs 29:20 (ESV)
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame. ~ Proverbs 18:30 (ESV)
Think before speaking since foolishness or wisdom will be on full display.
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. ~ Proverbs 29:11 (NIV)
Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. ~ Proverbs 19:11 (ESV)
A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and the one who devises evil schemes is hated. ~ Proverbs 14:17 (NIV)
Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding; a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity. ~ Proverbs 14:29 (MSG)
Stay calm and answer gently.
A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel. ~ Proverbs 15:18 (NIV)
A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire. Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. ~ Matthew 12:36–37 (NKJV)
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. ~ Proverbs 12:18 (ESV)
Don’t take revenge and forgive quickly.
Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life. ~ Ephesians 4:26-27 (MSG)
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord. ~ Romans 12:19 (NIV)
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. ~ Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)
Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. ~ 1 Peter 3:9 (ESV)
Treat others how you want to be treated, even when angry.
Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31 (NIV)
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 (NIV)
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends. ~Proverbs 17:9 (ESV)
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. ~ 1 John 4:20-21 (ESV)
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