10 Bible Verses About Anger and How to Overcome It

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Anger is a powerful emotion that can be difficult to control. While it is a natural response to certain situations, it can also be destructive and harmful if left unchecked. The Bible provides us with guidance on how to manage our anger and overcome it with the help of God’s grace. In this post, we’ll explore 10 Bible verses about anger and how we can apply them to our lives.

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1. Proverbs 14:29

“Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.”

This verse from Proverbs 14:29 reminds us of the importance of patience and self-control in managing our anger. It encourages us to take a step back and reflect before reacting in anger.

2. Ephesians 4:26-27

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

This verse from Ephesians 4:26-27 reminds us to be careful not to let our anger lead us to sin. It encourages us to resolve our anger quickly and not give the devil a foothold in our lives. We are reminded that it’s okay to feel anger, but we should not let it consume us, leading to bitterness and resentment.

3. James 1:19-20

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”

This verse from James 1:19-20 reminds us of the importance of being slow to anger and quick to listen. It encourages us to seek God’s righteousness rather than giving in to our human impulses.

4. Colossians 3:8

“But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”

This verse from Colossians 3:8 reminds us of the need to rid ourselves of negative emotions such as anger and malice. It encourages us to cultivate a spirit of love and forgiveness instead.

5. Psalm 37:8

“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.”

This verse from Psalm 37:8 reminds us of the dangers of anger and how it can lead to evil. It encourages us to turn away from anger and focus on God’s goodness instead.

6. Proverbs 15:1

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

This verse from Proverbs 15:1 reminds us of the power of gentleness and kindness in defusing anger. It encourages us to respond to others with grace and compassion, even when we feel angry.

7. Proverbs 19:11

“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”

This verse from Proverbs 19:11 reminds us of the importance of wisdom and patience in managing our anger. It encourages us to overlook offenses and extend forgiveness, rather than giving in to anger and resentment.

8. Matthew 5:22

“But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.”

This verse from Matthew 5:22 reminds us of the seriousness of our anger and how it can lead to sin. It encourages us to take responsibility for our emotions and seek God’s grace in managing them.

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9. Proverbs 16:32

“Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.”

This verse emphasizes the value of self-control and patience over aggression and violence. Instead of allowing anger to take control, it is better to practice self-restraint and wait for a better outcome.

10. Proverbs 29:11

“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”

This verse highlights the importance of being wise and bringing calmness to difficult situations instead of allowing anger to take over. It reminds us that reacting with rage can lead to negative outcomes and consequences.

Short Prayer for Anger

Dear God, I come to you in a moment of anger and frustration. I feel my emotions overwhelming me, and I know that I need your help to overcome them. Please grant me the strength and patience to control my anger and to act with wisdom and love. Help me to understand the situations and people around me and to respond with compassion and forgiveness. Please calm my heart and fill me with your peace. I trust in your love and guidance, now and always. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


In conclusion, the Bible has many verses that speak to the dangers of anger and the importance of self-control. When we feel anger rising within us, we should turn to these verses for guidance and take a step back to calm down. We should practice patience, understanding, and forgiveness, knowing that God has called us to live in peace and harmony with one another. Let us pray for the strength to overcome our anger and live in accordance with God’s will. Amen.

May God bless you and fill You with His peace.

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