Anger - 365 Questions for a Woman's Soul

anger - How can I better control my anger?

A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.

Proverbs 15:1

Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool.

Ecclesiastes 7:9

“Don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

Ephesians 4:26-27

People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.

Proverbs 14:29

Now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. . . . Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.

Colossians 3:8, 10

OF ALL EMOTIONS, anger is probably the most difficult to control. Anger itself is not wrong; even God experiences righteous anger. It becomes a problem when we allow it to lead us to sin against others and God. God promises that our anger, when left unchecked, will have consequences. For example, when we lash out at someone, we damage that relationship and destroy trust. However, even when we make bad decisions, he promises to be kind, merciful, and always ready to receive us with love. When you don’t know what to do with your anger, allow God’s Word to give you perspective, encourage you toward godliness, and remind you of his endless grace for you.

Prayer Prompts

Lord, when I am angry I often respond like this: . . .

Your Word calls me instead to control my anger by . . .

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