[Willow Creek Association] 1999-04-23 - Verses on Anger

I love watching people. People seem to be more and more angry these days. They walk around with frowns and grimaced looks. And of course people driving have gone nuts. Around here if you drive the speed limit on a two-lane road, at least one car will be tailgating you. Stoplights - they might as well take them down. I go through two on my way to work every morning, (yes it is a small town). Everyday without fail I see someone running the red light. Today I just want to open the Bible up and see what God has to say about anger. All verses today are from the NIV Bible.

Proverbs 12:16 A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.

Proverbs 14:29 A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.

Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.

Proverbs 30:33 For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife."

Ecclesiastes 7:9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

Colossians 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

Psalms 37:8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil.

Ephesians 4:26,27 In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

Ephesians 4:31,32 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

James 1:19,20 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

Reading these verses sure makes me want to walk around with a smile : )

Lord, help us to control our anger. Help us to have an understanding and a gentle spirit in all that we do. Help us to be more like Christ. In His name, Amen.