"What does the Bible say about controlling your temper?"
Do you know these people? Or this person? Every little ‘thing’ seems to set them off on some sort of 'hissy' fit? My way, or no way at all? Anger is an emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone or something you feel has deliberately done you wrong.
The most commonly used psychiatric diagnoses for aggressive, angry or violent behavior are; Op-positional Defiant Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Conduct Disorder. “ Op-positional Defiant Disorder “-
( O.D.D. ) in adults, ( and children ) causes one to feel mad at the world, and they lose their temper regularly, sometimes daily. Adults with O.D.D. defend themselves relentlessly when someone says they’ve done something wrong. They feel misunderstood and disliked, hemmed in and pushed around. Some feel like “mavericks or rebels.” The impulsive emotion associated with an out of control temper, means a greater quickness to anger, impatience, and a low frustration tolerance, which can be the spark that lights the fire of O.D.D. Venting and acting out toward others leads to conflict. Maybe that’s why adults with O.D.D. are more likely to get fired, even though poor work performance ratings are caused more by ADHD.
Many people struggle with a quick or fiery temper. Although society often encourages people to express themselves and not hold back, GOD'S Word teaches that giving in to one’s temper can lead to sin.
The Bible has a lot to say about the importance of controlling one’s temper. It calls a person who easily loses his temper a “fool” (Proverbs 29:11; Ecclesiastes 7:9) and describes someone who cannot control himself as a “city whose walls are broken down” (Proverbs 25:28). A person with a hot temper is often at odds with those around him, becoming easily offended and lashing out in anger for even the smallest slight (Proverbs 15:18). As children of GOD, we are called to love others (John 13:35; Ephesians 4:2, 31-32) and to be at peace (James 1:19; Proverbs 19:11; James 3:17-18). “Love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). A person who maintains a calm, even temper is quicker to forgive and better able to live peaceably with others (Proverbs 15:1, 8; 12:16; 19:11).
With the HOLY SPIRIT in our lives, we will show the fruit of HIS work inside us. Some of the fruits of the Spirit are peace, patience, and self-control (Galatians 5:22–23) —these are essential to controlling the tendency to lose our temper. In fact, the Greek word translated “patience” (“longsuffering” in the KJV) carries the idea of “long-burning,” as in having a long fuse. As we grow in CHRIST, we should continue to deal appropriately with anger, (no short fuses!), and react with love and patience (Colossians 3:8).
We may often feel justified in losing our temper, particularly when someone has hurt or offended us. But we are instructed to forgive (Matthew 5:44; 6:12; 18:21–22), not to yield to anger (or) seek vengeance. It is ultimately GOD'S prerogative to punish evildoers (Deuteronomy 32:35; Romans 12:19). For an example of this forgiveness, we need only look to JESUS. When HE was hanging on the cross, crucified for sins HE did not commit, HE did not release HIS wrath on the perpetrators. Instead, HE asked GOD The FATHER to forgive them (Luke 23:34).
It’s important to note that anger is a valid emotion and is not always sinful. GOD allows for “righteous anger,” which is anger with the proper focus, the proper motivation, the proper control, the proper duration, and the proper result. Our problem is that our temper is often motivated by selfishness and directed toward other people instead of toward sin. That’s why GOD tells us to “let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) . . . be banished from you (Ephesians 4:31). With GOD'S help, we can keep our temper in check.
Bible Verses About Anger Self Control
Bible verses related to Anger Self Control from the (KJV).
James 1:19 - Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Ecclesiastes 7:9 - Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
Ephesians 4:26 - Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Proverbs 16:32 - [He that is] slow to anger [is] better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
2 Timothy 2:24 - And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient,
Proverbs 25:28 - He that [hath] no rule over his own spirit [is like] a city [that is] broken down, [and] without walls.
Galatians 5:22 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Ephesians 4:26-27 - Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: (Read More...)
Proverbs 29:11 - A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise [man] keepeth it in till afterwards.
Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.
Proverbs 22:6 - Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
1 Peter 5:7 - Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Acts 3:19-21 - Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; (Read More...)
Proverbs 21:23 - Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
Proverbs 19:11 - The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and [it is] his glory to pass over a transgression.