What the Bible Says about Anger Management

Patrick McAndrew July 12, 2019

Effective anger management therapy through the Bible

What the Bible Says about Anger Management

Anger is an extremely negative feeling. But instead of seeking anger management counselling that would help manage anger better, most of us hold on to anger and the grudges and the bitterness, hoping to make the cause of our anger suffer. However, it’s actually the one holding on to the anger who suffers the most. Doing that is like drinking poison and hoping for the other to die. That’s why a lot of emphasis is given on anger management, and even the Bible asks us to stay away from anger.

Psalm 37:8 teaches us to “refrain from anger and turn from wrath” (NIV). Proverbs 29:22 rebukes “the angry person [who] stirs up conflict” and that “a hot-tempered person commits many sins.” Ephesians tells us to “not let the sun go down while [we] are still angry” (Eph. 4:26) and that we should “get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” (4:31). James 1:19–20 also says, “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.”

Numerous verses from the Word can help us realize why we should control our anger and seek Spirit’s help. Several anger management therapy programs and anger management courses use the Bible and the truth in the Word to help people manage their anger issues better.

When reading the Bible, we can begin to understand the root cause of anger is pain (physical or emotional), often lying deep within our subconscious. Knowing and acknowledging this pain is the first step transforming our anger so that we can see God’s Presence in all things.

The next step is to lay our pain’s burden at God’s feet (Ps. 5:22) and ask for a transformative help and guidance by calming our minds and reaching deep within to feel our oneness with our Creator. Deep within ourselves is a place of love, strength, and peace. Trusting God and calling upon Spirit’s help will empower to be open to receive Divine guidance and use it in the face of hatred, bitterness, and other negative feelings.

 

How do you calm yourself down in frustrating situations? Let us know in the comments section below. Check out my Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads profiles and connect with me there. Grab a copy of my book, The Miracle Before Your Eyes, and read how the Bible teaches us to live our everyday lives.

 

References

Zielinski, Dr. Eric. 2018. “Bible Verses about Anger, Rage, and Quick Tempers.” Inspirational Bible Verses. Accessed May 24, 2018. https://drericz.com/bible-verses-about-anger

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