Summary: Christian Bible study on preventing getting angry, irritated, or upset. The information in this study will help you analyze when and why you get angry, and will help you take steps to avoid getting mad. For individuals and small groups.

Summary: Take preventive steps. Analyze when and why you get angry, irritated, grumpy or upset.

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Take Preventive Steps to Avoid Getting Mad or Angry

Bible-Based Antidotes that Work

Doug Britton, MFT

Picture of angry man thinking about steps he could take to avoid getting mad or angry

Man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. (James 1:20)


There is such a thing as “righteous anger,” but most of our anger is not righteous. In fact, our anger is usually destructive.

The Bible studies is this series on anger are adapted from the book Victory over Grumpiness, Irritation, and Anger. Feel free to print this study (as well as the others), and then use it to evaluate yourself.


A common obstacle to overcoming anger is:

“Not recognizing I am sinning when I am angry.” It is rare that our anger is righteous anger. As James wrote:

Man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. (James 1:20)


I won’t have as much trouble getting angry if I am:


David had every right to be angry with his son Absalom. After all, Absalom wanted to kill David, Yet David loved Absalom passionately, and grieved deeply when he learned of his death.

The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son.” (2 Samuel18:33)



Look at God’s example in 2 Peter 3:9, then read Proverbs 15:18.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting
anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. (Proverbs 15:18)



Look at Paul’s example in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18:

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)



Read Ephesians 4:2 and Colossians 3:13:

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2)

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13)


Understanding other people.

Read about God’s understanding in Hebrews 4:15:

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)


Aware of anger’s destructiveness

Read about the results of anger in Psalm 37:8 and Proverbs 15:1:

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. (Psalm 37:8)

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)


Secure in who I am in God.

Read about Jesus’ silence before Pilate in Matthew 27:12-14. Note that Jesus didn’t “need” to defend himself.

When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor. (Matthew 27:12-14)


Personal application

I will pray to become more: ___________________________________________________

One practical step I will take to make this change is:

Victory Over Grumpiness, Irritation, and Anger

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Healing Life's Hurts

Bible-based steps to overcoming hurt feelings

Overcoming Jealousy and Insecurity

Practical help if you (or your spouse) are jealous

Who Do You Think You Are?

Enjoying God's love and discovering your purpose in life

In the Bookstore

Healing Life’s Hurts


Escape hurt feelings

Who Do You Think You Are?


See yourself as God sees you

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Copyright © 2001, 2016 Doug Britton. (Permission granted to print for personal use.)

Unless otherwise noted, all Bible verses are from the 1984 New International Version.

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