Dr. Val Farmer
Rural Mental Health & Family Relationships

The Scriptural Case Against Anger

September 14, 2002

No response to provocation

1 Corinth: 13: 5 [Charity] doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked., is not puffed up.

1 Peter 3:8-9 Finally be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethern, be pitiful, be courteous. Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing, but contrariwise blessing…

Matt. 5:39, 41, 44 – 39. But I say unto you, that you resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.41. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 44. But 1 say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

Romans 12:18-20 If it possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink…

No place for angry communications

Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding, but he that is hasty of Spirit exalteth folly.

Proverbs 27:3-4 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fools wrath is heavier than them both. Wrath is cruel and anger is outrageous…

Proverbs l5:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath but grievous words stir up anger.Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Col. 3: 19, 21 – 19. Husbands, love your wives and be not bitter against them. 21. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

James 1:19-20 Wherefore my beloved brethern, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

Eph: 4: 26, 29, 31-32: - 26. Can ye be angry and sin not? Let not the sun go down on your wrath. 29. Let no corrupt communications proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to use for edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 31. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking , be put away from you will all malice. 32. And be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Matt:15:18-19 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

1 Corinth. 15:33 Be not deceived, evil communications corrupt good manners.

Matt: 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

Proverbs 21:19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with an contentious and angry woman.

Patience, forgiveness, humility and other qualities that mitigate against anger.

Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another with love.

Proverbs 25:15 For by forbearance is a prince persuaded and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

Matt. 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.

Proverbs 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame to him.

Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

Matt. 10:16 Be ye therefore as wise a serpents and as harmless as doves.,

Matt l8:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: If he shall hear thee, thou hast gained a brother.

Gal: 5:22-23, 26 – 22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23. Meekness, temperance; against such there is no law. 26. Let us not be desirous of vainglory, provoking one another, envying one another.