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“What does the Bible say about anger?”GotQuestions.org
Answer: Handling anger is an important topic. Christian counselors report that 50 percent of people who come in for counseling have problems dealing with anger. Anger can shatter communication and tear apart relationships, and it ruins both the joy and health of many. Sadly, people tend to justify their anger instead of accepting responsibility for it. Everyone struggles, to varying degrees, with anger. Thankfully, God’s Word contains principles regarding how to handle anger in a godly manner, and how to overcome sinful anger.
Anger is not always sin. There is a type of anger of which the Bible approves, often called “righteous indignation.” God is angry (Psalm 7:11; Mark 3:5), and believers are commanded to be angry (Ephesians 4:26). Two Greek words are used in the New Testament for our English word “anger.” One means “passion, energy” and the other means “agitated, boiling.” Biblically, anger is God-given energy intended to help us solve problems. Examples of biblical anger include Paul’s confronting Peter because of his wrong example in Galatians 2:11-14, David’s being upset over hearing Nathan the prophet sharing an injustice (2 Samuel 12), and Jesus’ anger over how some of the Jews had defiled worship at God’s temple in Jerusalem (John 2:13-18). Notice that none of these examples of anger involved self-defense, but a defense of others or of a principle.
Anger turns to sin when it is selfishly motivated (James 1:20), when God’s goal is distorted (1 Corinthians 10:31), or when anger is allowed to linger (Ephesians 4:26-27). Instead of using the energy generated by anger to attack the problem at hand, it is the person who is attacked. Ephesians 4:15-19 says we are to speak the truth in love and use our words to build others up, not allow rotten or destructive words to pour from our lips. Unfortunately, this poisonous speech is a common characteristic of fallen man (Romans 3:13-14). Anger becomes sin when it is allowed to boil over without restraint, resulting in a scenario in which hurt is multiplied (Proverbs 29:11), leaving devastation in its wake, often with irreparable consequences. Anger also becomes sin when the angry one refuses to be pacified, holds a grudge, or keeps it all inside (Ephesians 4:26-27). This can cause depression and irritability over little things, often things unrelated to the underlying problem.
We can handle anger biblically by recognizing and admitting our selfish anger and/or our wrong handling of anger as sin (Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9). This confession should be both to God and to those who have been hurt by our anger. We should not minimize the sin by excusing it or blame-shifting.
We can handle anger biblically by seeing God in the trial. This is especially important when people have done something to offend us. James 1:2-4, Romans 8:28-29, and Genesis 50:20 all point to the fact that God is sovereign and in complete control over every circumstance and person that enters our path. Nothing happens to us that He does not cause or allow. And as these verses share, God is a good God (Psalm 145:8, 9, 17) who allows all things in our lives for our good and the good of others. Reflecting on this truth until it moves from our heads to our hearts will alter how we react to those who hurt us.
We can handle anger biblically by making room for God’s wrath. This is especially important in cases of injustice, when “evil” men abuse “innocent” people. Genesis 50:19 and Romans 12:19 both tell us to not play God. God is righteous and just, and we can trust Him who knows all and sees all to act justly (Genesis 18:25).
We can handle anger biblically by returning good for evil (Genesis 50:21; Romans 12:21). This is key to converting our anger into love. As our actions flow from our hearts, so also our hearts can be altered by our actions (Matthew 5:43-48). That is, we can change our feelings toward another by changing how we choose to act toward that person.
We can handle anger biblically by communicating to solve the problem. There are four basic rules of communication shared in Ephesians 4:15, 25-32:
1) Be honest and speak (Ephesians 4:15, 25). People cannot read our minds. We must speak the truth in love.
2) Stay current (Ephesians 4:26-27). We must not allow what is bothering us to build up until we lose control. Dealing with and sharing what is bothering us before it gets to that point is important.
3) Attack the problem, not the person (Ephesians 4:29, 31). Along this line, we must remember the importance of keeping the volume of our voices low (Proverbs 15:1).
4) Act, not react (Ephesians 4:31-32). Because of our fallen nature, our first impulse is often a sinful one (v. 31). The time spent in “counting to ten” should be used to reflect upon the godly way to respond (v. 32) and to remind ourselves how anger is to be used to solve problems and not create bigger ones.
Finally, we must act to solve our part of the problem (Romans 12:18). We cannot control how others act or respond, but we can make the changes that need to be made on our part. Overcoming a temper is not accomplished overnight. But through prayer, Bible study, and reliance upon God’s Holy Spirit, ungodly anger can be overcome. Just as we may have allowed anger to become entrenched in our lives by habitual practice, we must also practice responding correctly until it becomes a habit itself.
Recommended Resource: The Other Side of Love: Handling Anger in a Godly Way by Gary Chapman.
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Shattering Strongholds On Self
Heavenly Father, I come to You now in the Name of my Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Heavenly Father, I am standing on the truth of Your Word. You said You would give me the Keys to the Kingdom, that whatsoever I would bind on earth would be bound in heaven and whatsoever I would loose on earth would be loosed in heaven according to Matthew 16 and 18. Right now, in the Name of Jesus Christ, I bind my will to the Will of God, that I will be constantly aware of Your Will and purpose for my life. I bind myself to the truth of God that I will not be deceived by the many subtle deceptions of the world and the devil. In the Name of Jesus Christ, I bind myself to the Blood of Jesus. I want to be constantly aware of the Blood of Christ Jesus’ miracle working power to restore and heal and keep me safe. I bind my mind to the mind of Christ that I will be aware of how Jesus Christ would have me think and believe. I do not want to react out of my own human thoughts when situations arise suddenly. I want to think and act as Jesus would have me act. I bind my feet to paths of righteousness that my steps will be steady and true all day long. I bind myself to the work of the cross in my life so that I will continue to die daily to my own selfish desires and motivations and be more like Jesus. In the Name of Jesus Christ, I bind the strongman so that I may spoil his household and take back every bit of joy, peace, blessing, freedom and every material and spiritual possession that he has stolen from me. I take them back right now! I loose the strongman’s influence over every part of my body, soul, and spirit. I loose, crush, smash and destroy every evil devise you may try to bring into my sphere of influence during this day. I repent of every wrong desire, attitude and pattern of thinking I have had. Forgive me, Heavenly Father, for holding onto wrong ideas, desires, behaviors and habits according to 1 John 1:9 and John 14:14. I renounce and reject these things in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and I loose every wrong attitude, pattern of thinking, belief, idea, desire, behavior and habit I have ever learned. I loose the strongholds around them that would keep me from being completely surrendered to the will of God for my life. I loose all doubt and confusion from myself. I have bound my mind to the mind of Christ and I loose every wrong thought and evil imagination that will keep me from being in sweet unity with You. I bind and loose these things in the Name of Jesus Christ, who has given me the keys to do so. Amen!
Shattering Strongholds On Others
Heavenly Father, I (we) come to You now in the Name of my (our) Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Heavenly Father, I (we) pray for _____, and _____. I (we) ask You to forgive them for all of their sins, iniquities, trespasses and transgressions, and I (we) ask you to cover their sins, iniquities, trespasses and transgressions with the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and cleanse them of all unrighteousness according to John 14:14.
Heavenly Father, by the power of Jesus Christ, I (we) bind _____’s and _____’s body, soul and spirit to the will and purpose of God for their lives. I (we) bind _____’s mind, will and emotions to the will of God. I (we) bind them to the truth and to the Blood of Jesus. I (we) bind their minds to the mind of Christ, that the very thoughts, feelings, and purposes of Christ Jesus’ heart would be within their thoughts. In the Name of Jesus Christ, I (we) bind their feet to the paths of righteousness that their steps would be steady and sure. I bind them to the work of the cross with all its mercy, grace, love, forgiveness, and dying to self. In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I (we) loose every old, wrong, ungodly pattern of thinking, attitude, idea, desire, belief, motivation, habit and behavior from them. I (we) tear down, crush, smash and destroy every stronghold associated with these things. I (we) loose any stronghold in their life that has been justifying and protecting hard feelings against anyone. I (we) loose strongholds of unforgiveness, fear, and distrust from them. In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I (we) loose the power and effects of deception and lies from them. I (we) loose the confusion and blindness of the enemy from their minds that has kept them from seeing the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I (we) call forth every precious word of scripture that has ever entered into their minds and hearts that it would rise up in power within them. In the Name of Jesus Christ, I (we) loose the power and effects of any harsh or hard words, any word curses spoken to, about or by them. I (we) loose all generational bondages and associated strongholds from them. I (we) loose all effects and bondages from them that may have been caused by mistakes I (we) have made. Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ, I (we) crush, smash, and destroy generational bondages of any kind from mistakes made at any point between generations. I (we) destroy them right here, right now. They will not bind and curse any more members of my (our) family. In the Name of Jesus Christ, I (we) bind the strongman that I (we) may spoil his house, taking back every bit of joy, peace, blessing, freedom and every material and spiritual possession that he has stolen from me (us). I (we) take back them right now! I (we) loose the strongman’s influence over every part of our body, soul, and spirit. I (we) loose, crush, smash and destroy every evil devise the enemy may try to bring into their sphere of influence during this day. I (we) bind and loose these things in Christ Jesus’ Holy Name. He has given me the keys and the authority to do so. Amen!
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From; Barbara Fisher:
It was not until I;
1. to do or perform something wrong: to commit a crime.
2. to give over for care or safekeeping: The patient was committed to a hospital. The thief was committed to prison.
3 to pledge; promise: I am committing myself to help at the cookie sale.
1 to place oneself under the control of another; yield; surrender: The team submitted to the umpire’s decision.
1 to refer or present to others for criticism or decision: Ronald submitted his drawings to the teacher.
1 to yield or give up: The fisherman surrendered his catch to the game warden. The army surrendered
2 act of yielding or giving up.
It was not; until I committed; submitted and surrendered; my life/my will; to the Lord Jesus Christ; that I was healed of all the bitterness and anger; I carried around on a daily basis.
Yes; I was saved! (I had accepted Christ)
Matthew 5:45: That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
No one needs to tell any of us; where we are spiritually.
We know personally; whether we ever tell anyone or not.
Ecclesiastes 8:11: Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
Psalm 103:17: But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
Psalm 103:18: To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
My Testimony! “But God”
Thank God; that His mercies; are new each morning.
Lamentations 3:22: It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
Lamentations 3:23: They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Micah 6:8: He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Philippians 3:12: Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Once; I was Baptized; again. My life changed for the better.
Note: I belonged; to a church; that only believed in Baptizing once; so I felt bad; that the Lord had instructed me to be Baptized again.
At first; I thought; that God wanted to embarrass me.
Note: When the Lord; leads you to do anything. Simply obey. You do not need another opinion. Simply obey.
He hath done all things; well!
Mark 7:37: And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.
Please; don’t expect the blessings of God; to be active; in your life; if you are not practicing obeying; the Word of God!
1Corinthians 14:40: Let all things be done decently and in order.
Isaiah 54:14: In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
Isaiah 1:18: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Romans 12:1: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Update 08/16/12: We must be careful; as parents. Our children watch everything we do. We do not want to set our children up to allow strongholds in their lives.
When; I read this on “shattering Strongholds”. I remember; what I went through and how God set me free.
I suggest to anyone; commit; submit and surrender you will to His perfect will. I’m telling you from my own personal experience.