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Q:

We had a big debate the other day in our Bible study class about which is the more damaging emotion—anger or hatred. We couldn't decide, but wondered what you'd say.


A:

Both emotions are destructive, and it would be hard to say if one is more harmful than the other. And they usually go hand-in-hand; hatred almost always leads to anger, and anger almost always leads to hatred.

The real problem, however, is that both anger and hatred are seldom just inner feelings or emotions that we keep bottled up inside us. Instead, they almost always spill over into actions — and those actions are always destructive, both to us and to others. Even if we don’t lash out and hurt someone physically, our words of anger and hatred can destroy our relationship. The Bible rightly says, “Hatred stirs up conflict” (Proverbs 10:12).

Does God ever get angry, or does He ever hate? It may surprise you, but the answer is “yes.” But God’s answer is far different from ours, because it comes from His hatred of sin. God loves us and knows the terrible things sin does to us — and that makes Him angry. Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying, “God hates the sin, but He loves the sinner.”

The real question, however, is this: Have we allowed the sin of hatred or anger to take root in our souls? The only lasting cure is to allow Christ to rule us, and let His love fill our hearts and minds every day. Make sure of your commitment to Christ, then ask Him to give you a new love for others — even your enemies. The Bible says, “Be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble” (1 Peter 3:8).

Give your anger to God

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  1. Ray Rosencrants says:

    Sometimes the challenges of life and the environment that we are in cause stress that leads to anger and hate. I have found spending more time in Gods word, being around positive Christian people and focusing on the blessings that God has given us helps a lot. God Bless everyone!

  2. T. Michelle Roach says:

    The article above is very enlightening and sort of gives me an understanding of how to deal with angry people. In dealing with angry people, I have come to associate an angry person with the same characteristics of a physical abuser. My encounter with an angry person has been that the person verbally abuse you, then turn around and say that; “I love you.” It is very confusing and a lot of mix emotions that go along with the association.

  3. Ronnie Radebe says:

    May God bless this ministry abundently ’cause I learn a lot in my journey with my Lord and Saviour,Thanks.

  4. Dorothy Meacher says:

    it is enlightening and rewarding to get answers to everyday situations from Rev. Billy Graham. He is my preacher and i revere him very much and rely on his answers. May our Loving Lord continue to Bless Him.

  5. Carmen Dewey says:

    Need prayer for my family and myself dealing with anger about the past and things that are happening in our lives because of the past I know God is in control but I need Prayer for Gods intervention in our lives

  6. maria says:

    Dealing with frustration, disappointment, chaos, out of sorts and yes quick to anger. Not feeling myself at all. Please pray for me.

  7. Jenny says:

    I’ve been struggling w/anger for most of my life! And I feel like it’s never going to go away! I’ve prayed, & prayed to “God” to deliver me & Heal me It’s like every time I feel like I’m walking closer to my “Lord’ the further I get! I really need prayer. Also I don’t have any fellowship with any pther believers

  8. Brenda McBunch says:

    I am a Christian and I followed Rev Billy Graham for a lifetime it seems. My husband was a pastor and is now unable to speak but he can still let you know who he stands for. That is what we all need to do is stand up and be counted for the LORD.

  9. Christopher Mccuen says:

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  10. Davis Abigail says:

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