Biblical Anger Management

AngerIntroduction
Without getting too far in the weeds, as I normally do, let me start by saying that there is a Biblical principle of “begetting (to “beget as seen in Gen. 17:20; Gen. 48:6; Deu. 4:25; Deu. 28:41; 2 King. 20:18; Pro. 17:21; Pro. 23:24; Ecc. 5:14; Ecc. 6:3; Isa. 39:7; Isa. 45:10; Jer. 29:6; Eze. 18:10; Eze. 18:14; Eze. 47:22), meaning that things reproduce after their own kind. 

The Principle
Humans produce after their own kind; humans reproduce humans, horses reproduce horses, dogs reproduce dogs (“Re…,” which is a prefix meaning: “to do it again,” thus to reproduce after the original), yet also concerning those things beyond biology, things produce offspring like themselves. 

Love replicates love, hatred replicates hatred, smiles and good attitudes replicate positive behaviors.  

You see this is why we are told in Philippians 4:8-9:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

The idea is that everything replicates itself, and not something different.  

That which is spiritual, reproduces that which is spiritual, and that which is of the flash reproduces that which is of the flesh (Romans 8:5).  

This is not rocket science, it’s just the law of nature that God set into motion in the being. 

Therefore, if you feed your anger, it will produce more anger.  

Test it out in your own life.  If you become angry and dwell upon it, and feed it; and rationalizes why your anger is correct, you will become more angry.     

The Answer
Therefore, the answer to dealing with anger, as with all negative emotional responses is easy to understand.

Don’t dwell upon it, don’t feed it, think on those things which God’s Word has instructed you as a believer to dwell upon, that which is not of those negative things which feed the anger, and therefore lead to greater sin in our lives. 

Therefore, the following is suggested:      

 Consciously choose to be calm.

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” (Psalm 37:8)

 

Calm down your physical behavior ~ quite your tone and volume.

 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1)

 

Think, don’t react allowing your emotions to take control.

 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:” (James 1:19-20)

 

Stop replaying the event in mind

 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.(Philippians 4:8) 

 

Stop practicing Anger ~ Anger can become a habit ~ Anger produces after it’s own kind.

Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.” (Proverbs 22:24-25 ~ ESV)

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Scriptures

 Psalm 4:4 ~ “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

 

Psalm 37:8 ~ Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

 

Proverbs 14:17 ~ He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.”

 

Proverbs 14:29 ~ He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.”

 

Proverbs 15:1 ~ A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

Proverbs 15:18 ~ A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

 

Proverbs 16:32 ~ He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

 

Proverbs 19:11 ~ The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

 

Proverbs 22:24-25 ~ Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.”

 

Proverbs 29:22 ~ An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.”

 

Ecclesiastes 7:9 ~ Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.”

 

Ephesians 4:26-27 ~ Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.”

 

Ephesians 4:31 ~ Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:”

 

Colossians 3:8 ~ But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”

 

Philippians 4:8 ~ Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  

James 1:19-20 ~ Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:”

 bb

5 comments

  1. Julia Bond pictures · ·

    What a insite article this is. Look forward to seeing this again again.

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  2. Julia,

    Thank you. bb

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  4. Great post! It is so true about replaying the event in your mind – you could be over it, but as soon as you start thinking about it, you get angry all over again! Certainly a poison. Thanks for such a great post! :)

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  5. Thanks, bb

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