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I've heard that the Bible teaches it's not right to be angry, but how can you avoid it? When people get under your skin and you get angry, you can't just bury your anger or kid yourself into thinking it doesn't matter, can you?


A:

You’re only partly right; unfortunately we often do put a lid on our anger or make ourselves think we aren’t really angry — at least for a time. But hidden anger can eat away at us like a deadly cancer, hurting us both emotionally and spiritually — and sometimes exploding into uncontrollable rage.

On the other hand, great harm also comes when we allow anger to overwhelm us. As you go through the pages of this newspaper today, I’m sure you’ll find many illustrations of this tragic truth. Murder, domestic violence, child abuse, terrorism and even full-scale war often have their roots in uncontrolled anger. The Bible rightly says, “An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins” (Proverbs 29:22).

But the Bible points us to another way: the way of Christ. When we follow Christ, we don’t let circumstances upset or overwhelm us, but we turn them over to God and seek His peace and patience. Things that used to make us angry will no longer do so, because we’ll begin seeing them from God’s point of view. I often think of Jesus in this regard. He was falsely accused and unjustly condemned to death, yet he never got angry or lashed out at His accusers. As the Bible says, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7).

Commit your life — including your emotions — to Jesus Christ. Then ask Him to help you face life’s situations the way He did — with trust and peace, instead of anger.

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9 Comments

  1. kelly says:

    my husband get anger so easy with short temper…he get mad anything and everything..hes not a happy person..so tell me how can i help him…im so over stress with him and bussiness…i pray every day..
    please pray for me and my husband….thankyou..

  2. Korlu Mendin says:

    So true being angry can take away alot from u as a person who God want u to be.but we all pray that the Lord will teach us his will .

  3. micheal smith says:

    I been dealing with anger but since i found the love of God i just leave it in his hands take a deep breathe and go on with what God wants me to do read he word and just pray for peace in my life and heart

  4. Pearl says:

    I been dealing with anger all my life i so hard not to yell at the ones who hurts my feeling but at some point i cant hold my hurtful words back i need jesus in my life for i dont want to disappoint him with bad words towards other becauee i love him so deeply he comes first in my life before anyone eles so please help me thru this i need help in jesus name amen.

  5. Jill wallie says:

    anger is something I’m very familiar with and I do struggle from time to time with itI know I need help in the area of learning to do not get angry so quickly and respond to it has got a decision to it I’m a progress at work and God still working on me

  6. morag says:

    that’s so true.

  7. Esther Nyakane says:

    It has happened to me many times I gave all to God who made me to forgive and let go

  8. Judy Westlund says:

    Is getting angry a sin

  9. Joy says:

    “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved.” The Way of the Cross Leads Home, in Jesus name amen.”” May God bless us everyone.”