Summary: The Bible, anger, and anger management: Free online Christian Bible studies and books on anger management, conflict resolution, grumpiness and irritation. For individual use, small groups, and church classes. Practical, scriptural Bible studies can also be used as counseling homework, guidelines for mentoring and sermon preparation.
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Anger, grumpiness, and irritation
Looking for information on Bible-based anger management? These free online Bible studies and books provide practical, scriptural information and help for people struggling with grumpiness, irritation and anger. The material can be used by individuals and classes, as well as counselors, pastors, mentors and anyone else who wants to help others more effectively. Check this page—as well as other topics listed below under “More topics”—from time to time, since more studies are added periodically.
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Anger, grumpiness, and irritation
Bible studies and books with practical, scriptural information for people struggling with grumpiness, irritation and anger. For individuals and small groups. (Visit this page to read our reprint policy.)
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Bible verses about anger, grumpiness and irritation
Warnings about anger
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. (Psalm 37:8)
A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless. A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated. (Proverbs 14:16-17)
It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. (Proverbs 20:3)
A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day. (Proverbs 27:15)
Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger. (Proverbs 29:8)
An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins. (Proverbs 29:22)
You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, “Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.” But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again … anyone who says, “You fool!” will be in danger of the fire of hell. (Matthew 5:21-22)
Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. (Colossians 3:19)
Your anger grieves God
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. (Ephesians 4:30-31)
My dear brothers, take note of this: 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 1:19-20)
Get rid of your anger
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 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 in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:26-32)
Pray to be patient and kind
A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly. (Proverbs 14:29)
Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city. (Proverbs 16:32)
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. (Ecclesiastes 7:9)
And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. (2 Timothy 2:24)
Unless otherwise noted, all Bible verses are from the 1984 New International Version.