The Bible is full of examples of angry people who act out of a quick-tempered mindset. There are teachings of patience all throughout the book that gives us numerous examples on why patience will always win over anger. On top of that, Jesus raised the bar speaking to the truth that when we are angry, we are already sinning in that moment and hate others instead of loving them. We are choosing ourselves first, over God.
Personally, patience is an area of weakness for me. I’m learning more and more each day just how important it is to be patient with others and to not be so quick to get angry or to have a quick temper (which is really the same thing). Whether it is road rage for you or when someone offends you personally, anger is not of the Holy Spirit and instead, is of our flesh. So then, how do we learn to not become angry in those moments?
I believe we look to Jesus who set the example for us on how we should live, love others, and exercise self control. On top of that, we need the Word of God to continue to teach us on the dangers of anger and sin, and the wisdom of patience.
Let’s look and see what the Bible has to say with Scripture on Anger:
James 1:19-20 – Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Proverbs 29:11 – A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
Ephesians 4:26-27 – Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.
Proverbs 19:11 – Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 – Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.
Colossians 3:5-8 – Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:18 – A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
Matthew 5:21-22 – You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.
Proverbs 16:32 – Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
Psalm 37:8 – Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
Proverbs 14:29 – Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.