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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.


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. LeAnne says:

    HELP!!! I just realized I am angry, about an abusive childhood, a abusive marriage, and being falsely accused of something at my job….I know this issue of anger is SIN….how do I get rid of it….I pray…but find when I am at work it just festers inside of me all the time….Please guide

    1. BGEA says:

      LeAnne, perhaps these resources on anger will help:

  2. Merry says:

    I thank God for these message. I have been battling with angry and hatred for sometimes now but God has finally helped me to overcome it.

  3. CHARLES says:

    GOD IS good to HIS people. In HIM we TRUST.

  4. Debbie says:

    I don’t get angry. I don’t understand why all the killings. I pray for protection over our Police Officers. For the ones who lost their life I pray God’s loving arms will confront them. I believe we are living in the last day’s. Continue Prayers

  5. Julia Brathwaite, says:

    What I read help me a lot. I was having a difficult day, I thank you. God bless

  6. Jean says:

    Please pray for the anger in our marriage..

  7. Maria Cruz says:

    i would like more scripture about hate and love

  8. Jason says:

    I’ve been dealing with anger for a long time. Pray for me. Thanks

    1. Joseph says:

      I know this difficult path as well Jason. My prayer went up for you as soon as I read your post. It’s all going to be okay.

  9. Farah yacinthe says:

    Please keep me and my family in your prayers specially my three kids thanks