19 bible verses for when you are angry

19 Bible Verses For When You’re Feeling Angry

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Hello Friends

Feeling emotions is a daily event. In fact we may feel numerous different feelings throughout our day.  One thing that I have learned is that feelings are fickle and are subject to change. Some feelings are easier to live in than others and some can be difficult to let go of.  Working as an Addictions Counselor I witnessed many clients get stuck in bitterness, resentment and anger. Feeling angry is natural and it shows that we are human. It is certainly alright to feel angry, however it is not alright to lash out at others in our anger. It also isn’t alright to dwell in it and become stuck.

Getting Unstuck From Feeling Angry

We have to make a choice to work through our emotion of anger. Often times we are more hurt by events and that leads us to feeling angry.  In addition we tend to dwell on our anger.

 What does dwelling on our anger look like?

We may replay the event over and over in our thoughts. When we have the opportunities we will vent to others – over and over again and with anyone who will listen (and give us sympathy). We nurture our anger and we fuel it until it explodes out of us.  When this occurs chaos occurs in our lives.  Unresolved anger leads to shame, resentment, bitterness, rage, unforgivness, and broken relationships.

What Does God Say About Feeling Angry?

One of the things that I call my Bible is — God’s Manual For My Life.  This is where I go daily to study up on how to live a victorious life.  I once heard that in order to be healthy physically one must eat a healthy diet. To be healthy in all aspects of our lives one must eat and chew on God’s Word. I want to share with you 19 Scriptures that address anger:


Romans 12:21 ~ “Do not be overcome and conquered by evil, but overcome evil with good.” AMP

Luke 6:31 ~ “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” AMP

Proverbs 19:11 ~ “Good sense and discretion make a man slow to anger,
And it is his honor and glory to overlook a transgression or an offense [without seeking revenge and harboring resentment].” AMP

Proverbs 29:22 ~ “An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.” NIV

Matthew 12:36 ~ “But I tell you, on the day of judgment people will have to give an accounting for every careless or useless word they speak.” AMP

Colossians 3:8 ~ “But now rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, malice, slander, and obscene (abusive, filthy, vulgar) language from your mouth.” AMP

Bible Verses For When You Are angry

Psalm 37:8 ~ “Cease from anger and abandon wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evil.” AMP

Proverbs 29:11 ~ “A [shortsighted] fool always loses his temper and displays his anger, But a wise man [uses self-control and] holds it back.” AMP

Proverbs 16:32 ~ “He who is slow to anger is better and more honorable than the mighty [soldier], And he who rules and controls his own spirit, than he who captures a city.” AMP

Romans 12:1-2 ~ “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” NIV

Matthew 15:11 ~  “It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” NLT

Luke 6:37 ~ “Do not judge [others self-righteously], and you will not be judged; do not condemn[others when you are guilty and unrepentant], and you will not be condemned [for your hypocrisy]; pardon [others when they truly repent and change], and you will be pardoned[when you truly repent and change].” AMP

Scripture to help with anger

Psalm 4:4 ~ “Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent.” NLT

Ecclesiastes 7:9 ~ “Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool.” NLT

Ephesians 4:26-29 ~ “Be angry [at sin—at immorality, at injustice, at ungodly behavior], yet do not sin; do not let your anger [cause you shame, nor allow it to] last until the sun goes down.  And do not give the devil an opportunity [to lead you into sin by holding a grudge, or nurturing anger, or harboring resentment, or cultivating bitterness]. The thief [who has become a believer] must no longer steal, but instead he must work hard [making an honest living], producing that which is good with his own hands, so that he will have something to share with those in need. Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].” AMP

James 1:19-21 ~ “ Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us]. So get rid of all uncleanness and all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls.”

Proverbs 15:1 ~ “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” NLT

Ephesians 4:31-32 ~ “ Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence]. Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you.” AMP

Psalm 145:8 ~ “The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.” NLT

*** If you are wanting to read different translations of these verses you can either go to BibleGateway.com Or Biblehub.com

Further Resources To Deal With Feeling Angry

In addition to applying the above scriptures to your life I have written the following posts to help you with feeling your feelings in a healthy way:

How To Express Feelings and How Not To

11 Healthy Thoughts That Will Change Your Life

These posts will help you gain some tools to deal with feeling angry by letting go, overcoming bitterness/resentment and taking ownership of your feelings:

Stop Blaming Others – Letting Go of the Victim Mentality

Attaining Victory Over Bitterness

5X5 Rule – 5 Ways of Letting Go

I also want to share with you three books that are helpful when working on anger issues:

Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions; Custom
By Lysa TerKeurst
Why is it that those we love the most often receive the brunt of our worst moods?

Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion, updated
By Gary Chapman
Many of us struggle with anger issues. We are angry at ourselves, family members, bosses, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

Be Angry, But Don’t Blow It: Maintaining Your Passion Without Losing Your Cool
By Lisa Bevere
In Be Angry But Don’t Blow It! Lisa Bevere encourages women to stop hurting the ones they love, learn to say things so they’ll be heard, get rid of bitterness and find forgiveness for themselves..



Scriptures on anger


I want to encourage you to end your scripture reading time with prayer.  If you would like some guidance in this I have left you the following prayer:

Father God,

Thank you for Your Word and the truth that is in it.  I am angry and I don’t want it to take root in my heart. Forgive me for holding onto it and allowing it to fester within me. I pray that you will forgive me for the chaos and damage my anger has caused for myself and for (you can add the person{s} name).

Help me to walk in forgiveness and peace. Your peace – the peace that truly surpasses all understanding. I ask that you heal my heart and help me to let go.  Put within my spirit Your Words that can soothe the hurt and pain.  Teach me to respond in grace and mercy as You have shown me so much of both. I pray that You will give (you can add the person{s} name) whatever it is that they stand in need of today and bless them. May my thoughts, my words, and my actions honor and glorify You.  In Jesus’ name ~~~ Amen

Keep Pressing Forward

Learning to express our feelings in healthy ways can be a challenge. When you connect with God and have a true desire to honor Him with your life – He will show you the way. Don’t grow weary – change will likely not happen overnight. Keep pressing forward. God gives us the following instruction:

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”  Galatians 6:9 NLT

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6 thoughts on “19 Bible Verses For When You’re Feeling Angry”

  1. This was wonderful and exactly what I needed! My emotions run rampant throughout the day and I need to often refocus what’s the most important. What better way to do that is with the Word of God!

  2. Feeling angry is indeed inivitable feeling. But as a Christian, we know that it is not a good thing. That´s I always feel amused for those who can control their emotions. But through God´s help, prayers and declarations, we can go through this.

  3. It’s interesting to know that God has made provisions for us on what to do when we are angry. He knows that we can be hurt by others and this can lead to anger, but He has guided us in ways that would cause us to reflect without acting out towards others. Great post

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