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Proverbs 29:22 (ESV) A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.
Proverbs 15:18 (ESV) A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
Proverbs 19:19 (ESV) A man of great wrath will pay the penalty, for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.
James 1:19-21 (ESV) 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.
Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
~Lack of emotional self-control can be a very damaging thing.
~Unrestrained anger especially is warned against in scripture.
~Continually simmering anger that is difficult to contain is not a much better option than the highly-explosive sort, since it always leaves one vulnerable to overreaction to that “last straw” incident that really wasn’t all that offensive when honesty is employed.
~Impulsive reactions to things that irritate or frustrate can have far-reaching, and long-term consequences. But according to scripture, there is little good that comes of them.
~Proverbs 19:19 even indicates that a person with an angry disposition is highly unlikely to learn if he is simply instructed with patience and quickly restored after having allowed their temper to take over.
~By contrast, God’s nature is revealed as:
Psalm 145:8 (ESV) The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He doesn’t pitch childish temper tantrums when we do things He doesn’t like.
~James instructed readers to strive to imitate these qualities instead of give in to our own rising tidal wave of rage.
•My conclusion: Some injustices should be met with anger. Evil should be stopped; and wrong should be corrected, if possible. But Christians are instructed to “be angry and sin not” (Ephesians 4:26). So it is important to be thinking clearly about why we are mad and how to respond in a way that honors God.
If I tend to have an unmanageable temper, it suggests that I either don’t know God at all or have not submitted to His earlier, more gentle forms of correction. A stubborn refusal to be turned is a very dangerous response, since it further hardens the heart and fools me into thinking I am in the right.