Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. Proverbs 14:29
In our culture, injustice is rampant, and hate has become common. Our differing politics, unfairness we experience, and rudeness directed at us can make us angry. We see a wrong action or hear a harsh word and we bristle at it. The Bible tells us that we can indeed be angry and not sin, but almost every time our anger simmers because of resentment or caustic actions or some other tension that makes us explode with emotion.
The Bible tells us the best way to respond is to be slow to anger. This is especially important when facing a verbal attack. Quiet listening protects us from speaking rashly and offers the opportunity to ask God for help in responding as Christ would.
All anger is rooted in pain, be it emotional or physical. When we react with anger, often the cause only intensifies. Instead, stop to consider what is making you angry, and break the cycle. Also, take care not to let the pain caused by others cause friction within your family. If you have had a bad day at work, do your best not to bring it home. If you have a short fuse with your family because of problems elsewhere, you have sinfully expressed anger.
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 19:11 that wisdom—which is both our knowledge and experience—can help us be more patient, and that it is to one’s credit to overlook an offense. In this way, when we focus on God and His Word, and understand why we are angered, we can overcome it.
Prayer is a great method for overcoming anger. When we pray, we put our focus on concern for others, and we can ask God to help us understand why we are angry and help us to temper our reaction. Click to visit our Lifestyle of Prayer resource to download our Prayer Guide. You’ll learn more about how to pray and find a great list of suggested Scriptures you can add to your daily prayer.