No matter who we are, we all struggle with our tempers.
It’s just human nature, and we all are sinners.
The Bible speaks about being slow to speak and being slow to anger. Sometimes when people hit our buttons, that doesn’t always happen – being slow to speak or getting angry.
Come on, we have all been there…you know, going from zero to sixty in a matter of 10 seconds. I have. We all have.
It is very easy to lose control of our tongues and attempt in seeking revenge in the middle of a heated argument or difficult situation. The Bible teaches us to act differently, however.
First of all, what is anger?
Wikipedia best describes the word ANGER as the following:
Anger is an emotion related to one’s psychological interpretation of having been offended, wronged, or denied and a tendency to react through retaliation.
The Bible specifically instructs us how to react when we become angered…
He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.
This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger pacifies contention.
The Bible also instructs us to replace our anger and tempers with forgiveness and acceptance.
bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
The Bible instructs us not to take revenge and to always forgive.
Romans 12:19- Bible Verses on Temper- Do not take Revenge
Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
Ephesians 4:26 – Bible Verses on Temper and Anger- Forgive before you go to sleep
Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.
By controlling our tongues and trusting that God is completely in control of each and every difficult situation in our lives, we will be able to turn the anger into peace and allow God to take control. Patience is a very hard thing to master…as is the concept of being slow to speaking and slow to becoming angry at others. With God’s guidance, we can master anything. We must overcome the temptation and sin involved with a quick temper.