|Anger Bible Study|
WHAT DOES GOD”S WORD TELL US ABOUT ANGER © Sue Found 1985
God’s response to evil:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever. He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. Psalm 103:8-10.
God is a righteous judge, a God who expresses His wrath every day. Psalm 7:11.
God was angry with Moses when he refused to go to Egypt to talk to Pharaoh about releasing the Israelites. Exodus 4:14
God was angry with the disobedience of Uzziah. 1 Chronicles 13:10.
God was angry with the lying and stealing of Achen. Joshua 7:1.
God’s warning and instruction to us concerning anger:
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared. Proverbs 22:24,5.
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9.
In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while your are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:26-27.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ Jesus forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32.
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. James 1:19.
I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Matthew 5:22
Do not repay anyone evil for evil, do not take revenge, for it is written, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay!” says the Lord. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17, 19, 21.
Live in harmony with one another, be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil, or insult with insult, but with a blessing. 1 Peter 3:8, 9.
Results of hot temper / patience
A quick-tempered man does foolish things … Proverbs 14:17a
Comparing being hot-tempered with being patient:
Hot-tempered examples would be Cain versus Abel and Saul versus David:
Being out of control, defending self, taking revenge, and slander —
Examples of patience would be Joseph to his brothers, and David to Saul:
Being humble and receiving God’s grace to love and forgive —
David prays, “Arise, O Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake my God; decree justice. Psalm 7:6
Do we have a right to be angry?
“Jesus committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth. When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins (like anger) and live for righteousness” 1 Peter 2:22-24
When we become angry about something it is usually because we think that one of our rights have been violated. The key to controlling and getting rid of anger is in identifying that right and transferring it to God. When I surrender myself and my rights to God, He may chose to withhold the right from me. If so, He is able to bring about blessing in the midst of my loss. The following is a list of rights that I may cling to or yield to the Lord:
Examples. For each source of anger listed here, consider what negative feelings might happen, and what rights have been violated.
Other questions to discuss:
Additional verses to consider:
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