Bible Verses About Anger: 20 Scripture Quotes

by Pamela Rose Williams on August 29, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

Of all the things in the human heart, anger can be one of the most intense, destructive, and unhealthy emotions that we can experience. If not handled in the proper way, it can have drastic life-changing consequences. Anger may be caused by pressures of work, family or even from being the innocent victim of another’s wrong-doing.  Left unresolved, anger creates an intense desire to destroy something.

Regardless of the reason for anger, the Bible has answers on what causes anger, examples of good (righteous) and bad (unrighteous) anger and how we should deal with it as Christians. Our earnest prayer should be that God changes our heart as we allow Him to mold us into a vessel fit to carry His gospel to the world. Take a look at these twenty Scripture quotes that talk about anger. Don’t forget to enjoy the video to the right “Change My Heart Oh God”.

Examples of Righteous Anger

Psalms 7:11 (KJV) God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

1 Kings 11:9,10 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods. But he did not keep what the LORD commanded.

2 Kings 17:18 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel and removed them out of his sight. None was left but the tribe of Judah only.

Mark 3:4,5 And he [Jesus] said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

John 2:13-16 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”

Results of Unrighteous Anger

Genesis 4:5-8 but for Cain and his offering he [the LORD] had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen?  If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.

Psalms 37:8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!  Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

Proverbs 15:18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,  but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.

Proverbs 29:22 A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.

Proverbs 30:33 For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.

Bible Verses About AngerWisdom & Patience Key to Overcoming Anger

Proverbs 14:16,17 (KJV) A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident. He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

Proverbs 14:29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

Proverbs 19:11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.

James 1:19,20 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Put Off Sinful Anger; Put On Forgiveness and Loving Kindness

Matthew 5:21-24 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift…” (Jesus’ words)

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

Ephesians 4:26-28 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

Colossians 3:8, 12-13 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Christian Quotes About Anger

“Anger and bitterness are two noticeable signs of being focused on self and not trusting God’s sovereignty in your life. When you believe that God causes all things to work together for good to those who belong to Him and love Him, you can respond to trials with joy instead of anger or bitterness.” ~ John C. Boger

“Wise anger is like the fire from the flint; there is a great ado to bring it out; and when it does come, it is out again immediately.” ~ Matthew Henry

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” ~ Thomas A’ Kempis

“Is all anger sin? No, but some of it is. Even God Himself has righteous anger against sin, injustice, rebellion and pettiness. Anger sometimes serves a useful purpose, so it isn’t necessarily always a sin. Obviously, we’re going to have adverse feelings, or God wouldn’t have needed to provide the fruit of self-control. Just being tempted to do something is not sin. It’s when you don’t resist the temptation, but do it anyway, that it becomes sin.” ~ Joyce Meyer

“Our God is not an impotent God with one arm; but as he is slow to anger, so is he great in power.” ~Abraham Wright

Other Articles You Might Want To Read Today

Can A Christian Be Angry and Not Sin?   Read this article about Christians being angry. Do Christians have a right to be angry? Is it biblical?

20 Bible Verses About Friendship- How should you treat your friends? What does the Bible say about choosing friends? Read these great scripture quotes.

20 Bible Verses About Hope-  Are you in need of hope today? Check out these great uplifting scriptures on the subject on hope.

25 Bible Verses For Strength- Are you looking for Strength? Check out these scriptures about how to find strength in God.

Resources The Holy Bible, English Standard Version  The Holy Bible, King James Version “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” www.youtube.com – Song “Change My Heart Oh God”



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Jack August 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Superb again my dear friend and fellow co-heir in Christ. I can see that you have such a heart for God and that shows in your writing and it overflows from your heart. May God richly bless you my beloved sister, friend, and co-heir in Christ. I can’t wait to meet you some day at the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb of God. Save me a seat next to you.

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Pam September 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Gotcha covered Jack!

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jenn September 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm

our pastor says the same thing..if its not daily its not christianity..thanks i loved this topic and review

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Pam September 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm

So glad you enjoyed the topic Jenn. Feel free to stop by often to WCWTK as we post something new every day! Blessing to you.

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Joy Sides January 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm

My son has a problem with his anger. I hope some of this will help him. Thanks so much for having this page!

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Pam January 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Hi Joy, It is my pleasure to share the Word of God in this way. I will pray for your son.

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Oscar January 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

This website provides me with some quotes and bible-verses related to anger, yet I don’t know what to do practically since I don’t even know where my anger comes from. But the opening lines mentioned that anger can come from certain pressures. I have those indeed. I hope I can deal with it properly so that I won’t let it destroy parts of my life so dear to me.
Well, one thing for the writer of this website, there is a mentioning of Ephesians 4:26-28 saying ‘Be angry …’. I guess it is missing the words ‘Do not’ in front of it :)

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Pam January 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Hello Oscar, Thank you for taking the time to comment on this article. It is true there are always roots to the anger that we experience. It is very important to identify the things that lead to anger. Might I suggest that you try to find a pastor or a Biblical Counselor in your area that can help you to identify and work through the roots that cause your anger? You may email me at “contact@selahmountain.com” and I will help find someone in your area to help you.

Also regarding the Bible passage that you mentioned, please read it as posted:

Ephesians 4:26-28 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

In the context it does say “be angry and do not sin”. What this means is that there are things that we may be “righteously” angry about, however that anger should never lead us to sin. We must deal with anger in an unsinful way because when we do not, we give Satan opportunities to use us to do sinful things. See how the passage continues with an example: Don’t steal anymore, instead work honestly and then with the wage that you earn, give to someone in need.

Again, thanks for stopping by, visit again soon!

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Aura March 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Thank you so much for this article. It’s insightful and motivates one to be introspective. Questioning one’s reaction to a situation stimulated by anger. I’m glad I read this as I have been consumed with anger & frustration, but I’m feeling a lot calmer now. Thank you! God bless

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Maria G.Cookie Ramirez April 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

I have been dealing with anger towards my husband of 11 years due to his alchoholism. Reading this this morning has given me great comfort & reminded me to not have such a short temper. Thank you &God Bless.

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hope May 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm

this article is great…

Yes indeed, if it’s not daily, it’s not Christianity. As Christians, we should be slow to anger, but quick to forgive

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Mary Payne May 29, 2012 at 4:57 am

I am Feeling Stressed,Hurt,an Sometimes angry,I lose control,Then later very sorry,for how I handle all.But I am daily lied to,used,Feel mistreated,By my son an his girlfriend,,Which I totally keep them off the streets,I have kidney cancer,,COPD,Now doing bio,of my thyroid,to see if that cancer,I ask GOD’s help all day long,,He does help,Thank Him for this,How much should a person take,or be able to handle? I forgive them,feel stuck,an confused,Do I put them on the streets again,That’s wrong I know,,HELP PLEASE!! A Mother’s cry,,I Love the Lord,am Thankful for each day He gives me here,How much should I allow to be in my life??

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Tiffany June 13, 2012 at 11:10 pm

When considering your anger Mary, you must put God first and ask for guidance. Also, keep your health in your mind because you can become more ill if you fail to focus on the right things. I think you would benefit from focusing on the Word and get some counseling because you are dealing with a lot. Also look into natural remedies to help like chamomile tea etc. Get a good relaxation regime. Things work out in God’s time and God’s way!

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Beth June 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Thanks for the great article
I have really been struggling with some intense anger at a friend that is living with me and its super frustrating. I am just going to read this whenever I feel overwhelming anger. Thanks again! (:

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Raquel June 24, 2012 at 7:49 am

Thank you for this article. I will be reading a lot more from this website. I struggle a lot with anger and i have discover that it ruins everything i do every decision i make and affects everyone around me. I really need to change and need help overcoming my anger towards life, my family, myself. Thank you.

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Eval June 25, 2012 at 10:04 am

My ex-Husband molested my two girls, I have so much hatred and anger towards him. He is still free because he has been running from police.I want him to pay for what he did. Is this anger just ? or will I also be judged because of my feelings towards a man who hurt my little girls?

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Marlissia July 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I do indeed suffer from a lot of anger so i needed to hear a few friendly words from the man above on the subject.

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arun deep July 28, 2012 at 10:36 am

thanx a lot for this, it has helped me a lot to prepare for the sunday worship assignment given to me & guess what topic was “anger”

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Ronnie August 19, 2012 at 5:49 am

Hi Mga Kapatid, (as we call our co-believer in Christ in tagalog, main dialect here in Philippines)

I would like you to know that I found this website very interesting and it gives enlightenment to all Christian like me. Specially now that I am being trained to be a full blown leader. I hope you don’t mind and the rest of the writers here that I used some of your articles for my Lectures and Devotion.

More Power and continue to be a blessing to others.

In Christ,
Ronnie

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janet pais August 26, 2012 at 5:55 am

plis i need pryer concering my husbnd for anger, alot of times when there are things tht i need to sit and discuss with him and if he is not hppy he gets angry so quick at me,i need prayers

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Pamela Rose Williams August 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I will keep you in my prayers Janet. I will pray that hour husband’s heart is softened to listen when you need him to.

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Candace September 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

I just came across this article after googling “biblical answers to anger”. I feel as my life is upside down; at 31 yrs old, I sometimes feel I can no longer survive. Life has taken a tole and left me in a world of hurt! Your article really helped me and I will continue reading and ask if you remember, please say a pray for me. Thank you!

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Adrian Evans September 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

Thank you so much for this reference. A friend just asked me to pray for him due to being angry about a recent situation and aside from praying for him, I also sent him a few of the scriptures quotes on anger.
Very helpful! May God continue to bless your ministry!

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Regina Marie Baldwin September 12, 2012 at 12:18 am

Thank you and God Bless you for the work you are doing. I use your words of wisdom in my Christian Coaching ministry.
It is so sad that the doctrine of what we speak and what our anger affects isnt’ taught more in the church. Too many Christians are speaking death unto others and hindering God’s blessings in their own life.

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Pamela Rose Williams September 14, 2012 at 9:38 am

I continue to be blessed by all who share through comments. Know that I thank God for you and if you have requested prayer I have lifted your request on high.

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Esperanza Pastore September 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm

This is the first time I read your article and quotes. This shows just how much God would love for us to be richly blessed by fellow Christians. He is using His own children to be instruments to speak truth in love. I am about to counsel a woman who is filled with anxiety. Am sure I could use what I have learned from this today. Janet and /candace, you will be in my prayers. May the loving Hands of our merciful Creator tranform your hearts to be filled with His goodness. Let us all surrender our all to God. Trust Him completely.

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Pamela Rose Williams September 17, 2012 at 11:00 pm

All glory goes to God Esperanza and thank you for the words of encouragement.

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Justin Foster September 20, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Thankyou so much for this!! I really mean it!! At my school my friends and I started a bible study called RFC and its my turn to speak and I really do thankyou for helping me out with this!

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Joseph Jacob October 8, 2012 at 9:11 am

I want 2 really tank God 4 what u are doing on line, God will reward u. Pls i want 2 know what is really de cause of anger, is it in de system? Is it natural?

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Dominic Lam October 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

Thank you, Pam, for being such a God-seeker who’s passionate to meditate on and share His Word. I was searching for verses on anger as I had been frustrated that some of my fellow church youth members had turned cold in responding to The Lord in extravagant worship and in answering altar calls. Just as my pastor has prayed for me also through your words on this site, I’m reminded once again that I cannot give up or neglect them in frustration, but keep caring and praying for them. Keep doing the good work you have done, sister (:

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chris November 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm

i get angry alot and dont know why thanks for writing this page it helped calm me down

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edmund November 3, 2012 at 10:18 am

my girlfriend has a problem with her anger and we are far from each other. every time do things she get easily angry. can you help me in this situation?

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john November 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm

love is kind, patient, and easy. my pastor has told me i need to wait for a woman who is more on fire for god than i am. i encourage you to do the same

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Thea November 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I believe that the Holy Bible teaches that anger is a very healthy emotion when dealt with in a Godly manner :)

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Nketile Thekiso December 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I just wanted to say thank you for this message about Anger as how to deal with it as Christians , I have learnt a lot after reading the article and the scripture , I have developed confidence to teacher other youth at my age about Anger according to the bible.

Sincerely
Sister Nketile Thekiso ..Aged 19years

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Chinwendu Anusi January 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm

This article about anger is revealing and worth reading. God bless the writer and people that made available on net.

Thanks once again!

Chinwendu

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Balogun Adebayo Johnson March 9, 2013 at 6:36 am

This piece is helpful in building christian character. God bless you

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Nicholas April 30, 2013 at 3:36 am

I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN YOU ALL WOULD BE THE ONES WHO WROTE ABOUT THIS AS IF YOU’D KNOW I WOULD NEED IT SOME DAY . GOD IS GREAT HE HAS US IN MIND BEFORE WE EVEN ASK , I OVER-DO ALOT ON THINGS TO TRY AND MAKE A POINT THAT I AM GOING TO BE RIGHT ABOUT SOMETHING , AND IT TURNS OUT TO BE AN OVER-DO SOMETIMES , I DON’T KNOW IF YOU EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT I AM SAYING , BUT GOD KNOWS . I JUST TRY TOO HARD SOMETIME , AND MAYBE I DIDN’T PRAY ABOUT HOW TO HANDLE A SITUATION AS I SHOULD HAVE . I KNOW THIS , GOD KNOWS ALL , ALL THE TIME , AND I AM JUST GOING TO HAVE TO LET HIM SPEAK TO ME , IN THE ONLY WAY I KNOW HOW THROUGH PRAYING AND THROUGH HIS WORD !!

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B May 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Angry morning. Googled scriptures on anger and found this. Definitely some powerful scriptures and quotes. Thanks. Now I can calmy study for finals without the frustration. It all starts in the heart. This is some good fruit.

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Nicholas May 8, 2013 at 10:18 pm

MY WIFE IS GOING THROUGH SO MUCH , I ENCOURAGE HER TO JUST READ THE BIBLE , AND GET DEEP INTO IT , THAT IT IS LIKE MEDICINE WITH THE MOST AND BEST OF POWER , PLEASE PRAY FOR HER , I KNOW I ASK FOR PRAYER ALOT , BUT I KNOW IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE , AND I LOVE HER !!!!!!! THIS AS B ABOVE SAYS GOOD FRUIT FOR SURE !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Peter July 4, 2013 at 9:51 am

Great article as always. If you have a chance, go check out an article – What is the Bible’s perspective on anger at http://christianmotion.com/blog/what-is-the-bibles-perspective-on-anger/

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Alex July 19, 2013 at 12:51 am

Thanks!! The holy ghost rejoiced in me when I read these.

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Nicholas July 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

SEEMS I LET SATAN WIN WHEN I SHOW THAT ANGER OR TEMPER , AND I AM ASHAMED OF SOME THINGS AND WAYS I HAVE ACTED IN THE PAST , THE THING I WORRY ABOUT THE MOST IS HOW I FEEL THAT A PERSON I AM TRYING TO HELP BY TALKING TO THEM ABOUT THE LORD , AND THEN THEY SEE ME ACT THIS WAY , THAT IS REALLY A GOOD REASON TO MAKE THE BEST EFFORTS YOU CAN TO TRY AND STAY IN CONTROL , AND I KNOW FIRST HAND ONLY GOD CAN HELP ME DO THAT ………

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Deb August 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Thank you for this article. I had a rough patch this past year and I’m working through it with counseling but there are times when I get angry and I see saw from being able to defend myself from the negative to being a doormat, or worse being a straight “B”. I just thank God every day for the people who have been there for no other reason than that they love me and want the best for me and they believe in me. There are times when you don’t know what to do or who to trust but believe in God and have faith!

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Jonathan August 7, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Thank you for making this website that helped me very much

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Rhonda August 21, 2013 at 7:05 am

I live with an alcoholic and I love him very much but he gets so crazy he says terrible things and I get angry!! I know I’m supposed to live the sinner not the sin. Please tell me what I should study!!! God has me here for a reason and he doesn’t tell me to leave so I need strength!!! Thank you

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Jack Wellman August 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Hello Rhonda and thank you for your comment. I don’t know what else to tell you but the Psalms, like Psalm 37 are really very good at times like you are enduring. I will also pray for his salvation and for him to repent, confess his sins, and put his trust in God. Only God can change this man’s heart (Prov 21:1) and so that’s what we can pray for Rhonda. Maybe God is waiting for him to hit rock bottom and then and only then will he see his need for God. I am sorry for such a severe trial for you.

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Nicholas August 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm

to Rhonda from another reader , whispering a prayer for you right now !

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Rosy August 26, 2013 at 7:36 am

Hi, Ive been through a rough patch for a year and a half and been through councelling and even had to take time away frm my course of study. Ive been struggling with intense anger and bitterness for so long its disrupting my life. Reading this article does help but surrenderring to God requires so much effort because I was innocently accussed of so many things n slandered upon by my own closest friend and then hv my ex partner side her n go against me too and in the end be with her. She used all the things she knew about me against me and did all the things she told me she wouldnt do. now im the only one suffering. and the anger eats me up daily til the point i lose function.

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Rosy August 26, 2013 at 7:39 am

Please keep me in prayer. Is it that it says we can be angry but do not lash out in fits of rage? that the solution of anger would be self control? because struggling so harddd to not take action of all the revenge plotted in my head in anger, and not to lash out in my full anger towards her and my ex partner. but im imploding inside.

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Nicholas August 26, 2013 at 10:02 pm

ROSY , SAYING A PRAYER FOR YOU RIGHT NOW , RETURN THE FREE GIFT OF LOVE FOR A BROTHER IN CHRIST AND PRAY FOR ME ALSO , I THINK WE GAIN STRENGTH THAT WAY , DON’T YOU ? FROM ANOTHER READER — NICHOLAS

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Oscar williams October 24, 2013 at 8:09 am

Prayer always give the selfconfidence

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Nicholas October 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm

THANKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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