Message # 743
A Biblical Course in Anger Management
Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry,
for anger rests in the bosom of fools.
There’s a time and place to be angry—at
the right moment and to the right degree—
but our anger is often destructive, for
“human anger does not produce the
righteousness that God desires”
(James 1:20, NIV). We get angry about
politics; our traffic snarls exasperate
us; and daily life has its own tensions.
Eruptions of anger may be understandable,
but they can damage our most precious
The first way of dealing with madness
this March is recognizing that the anger
isn’t contained in our circumstances;
it’s contained in our hearts. The
circumstances—a rude caller, a bounced
check, a burnt biscuit—may provoke our
anger, but the real source is the
underlying rage in our own spirits.
Anger begins in our minds and thoughts.
The best way, then, for dealing with
anger is to fill the mind with God’s
Word. If you need some anger management,
open your Bible and seriously search
out its best verses about anger. Start
with Ecclesiastes 7:9 and James 1:20,
then check out Ephesians 4:25-32. Find
some verses to commit to memory, and
let God use His words to bring healing
to your angry thoughts.
Anger is short-lived in a good man.
Thomas Fuller, Puritan