Anger Managment Essay

689 WordsJan 11, 20113 Pages
Anger needs management. What is God's formula for dealing with anger? I did an anger “search” through the Bible and found Proverbs to be ripe with advice on wrath, rage and anger. Proverbs is a very practical book. It applies the feeling to everyday life and situations. I will go there first to see God’s view on anger. The first reference is Proverbs 6:34, “A husband is never angrier than when he is jealous; his revenge knows no limits.” The context of this verse is “Warning against Adultery”. Verses 20 through 33 are admonitions to men against adultery and use of prostitutes. Verse thirty-four is a warning about the danger posed by the jealous anger of a wronged husband. There’s no telling what he’ll do! Proverbs 14 “People with a hot temper do foolish things; wiser people remain calm.” “If you stay calm, you are wise, but if you have a hot temper, you only show how stupid you are.” (17,29). The terms “stupid” and “fool” in Proverbs refer to sin and error, not mental ability. Proverbs 15 “A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.” “Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings peace.” (1,18) Proverbs deal with practical advice as opposed to the Psalms, which tackle deeper theological issues. Proverbs 16 “A wise person will try to keep the king happy; if the king becomes angry, someone may die.” “It is better to be patient than powerful. It is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities.” (14,32) I find it interesting how different verses in the same chapter address similar issues. Proverbs as a whole doesn’t tell a story. It is a disjointed collection of “sayings”. The first verse talks about not letting the king get mad. The next verse that deals with anger says it’s better to have some self-control than to be a ruler. Proverbs 19 “If you are sensible, you will control your temper. When someone wrongs you, it is a great virtue to

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