I FIGURE ABOUT HALF THE COUNTRY is angry today.
With that in mind, I thought I’d pull a few Bible verses from a couple of sections in my book Stephen M. Miller’s Bible Snapshots, released a few months ago.
I’m thinking two categories in particular might be appropriate.
- Bridle your anger. . . cool your pipes—it only makes things worse (Psalm 37:8, MSG).
- Controlling your temper is better than being a hero who captures a city (Proverbs 16:32, CEV).
- Don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry (Ephesians 4:26, NLT). Some kinds of anger are reasonable, and they won’t fade when the sun does. If a friend or family member deeply hurts you, you may still be angry in the morning. Perhaps with good reason. But the point is to resolve—as quickly as possible—whatever problem caused the anger. And then move on with your life.
- A kind answer soothes angry feelings, but harsh words stir them up (Proverbs 15:1, CEV).
- A wise person stays calm when insulted (Proverbs 12:16, NLT).
- Do not become angry easily, because anger will not help you live the right kind of life God wants (James 1:19-20, NCV).
- Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others (Ephesians 4:31, CEV).
- Forget about the wrong things people do to you, and do not try to get even. Love your neighbor as you love yourself (Leviticus 19:18, NCV).
- When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too (Mark 11:25, NLT). Advice of Jesus.
I know. Easier said than done.
Even so, may we get ‘r done.
Excerpted from Stephen M. Miller’s Bible Snapshots.