Scriptures on Anger Management
Here are a few scriptures on anger management from the King James Version of the Bible. For more Christian anger management help, you may also want to check out our Christian anger management book called Angry Without a Cause.
Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 7:8-10:
“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.”
I view this to be a convicting verse on anger because it tells us that one given to anger is considered to be foolish by God. As a young Christian, this was a difficult verse for me to swallow, yet very helpful.
“Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whatsoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”
Jesus clearly teaches us in the sermon on the mount that unjustified anger is on the same plain as murder in God’s sight. This verse should convey to us the importance of dealing with anger. It is not just a personality problem or a little sin that should be taken lightly. It is a spiritual problem that requires God’s grace and wisdom to overcome.
In our Christian anger management book, Angry Without a Cause, we deal with the importance of dealing with anger in our very first chapter. Anger is not simply a vice that hurts our relationships with others as much as a spiritual issue that portrays our need for God’s forgiveness and power.
In Proverbs 24, Solomon tells us that we should “make no friendship with an angry man;”. He goes on to say, “and with a furious man thou shalt not go:”. In the next verse, he tells us why:
“Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.”
Solomon is teaching us what mom taught us in our youth when she would say, “Show me your friends and I will show you your future.” That is, he is teaching that we become like those with whom we hang around. Therefore, when it comes to controlling anger, we should be careful about what type of a friend structure we have. If we have friends that often loose their cool, then we will probably end up following their lead.
When looking for scriptures on anger management, it is also important to consider verses such as Ephesians 4:26 and Psalm 7:11. These verses say:
“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” (Ephesians 4:26 – KJV)
“God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” (Psalm 7:11 – King James Version)
These verses teach us that not all anger is sinful in essence. That is, there is such a thing as righteous anger.