Bible Verses

“Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.”– Psalm 37:8

“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” – Ephesians 4:26-27

“For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”– James 1:20

“Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.”– Proverbs 14:29

“Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.” – Psalm 37:8

“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” – Ephesians 4:26-27

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

Anger and hatred are emotions we must do our best to avoid.  You do experience those emotions initially, but it is critical to not allow them to control your behavior. 

Compassion, mercy, love, patience, kindness, charity, goodness, self-control, and others are the good emotions we can use to combat anger and hatred.  When someone does something terrible to you, you will experience anger at first.  However, initially, it is important to control your actions and give yourself time to think about what you should do versus reacting to the situation. 

After you take the time to assess a situation, you can choose an appropriate course of action.  If other people are subjected to harm it may be appropriate to take action to prevent harm to others.  However, if the situation is that someone made you look bad, or embarrassed you in front of friends; the best course of action may be to ignore the situation and not provide any fuel to the person who angered you. 

When you are faced with situations that cause you anger, you must take the time to evaluate the situation and think about the right course of action.  You can help other people by setting an example of someone who is thoughtful and concerned about not hurting others, even when others assault you.

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

John working with his clients

John owns a business that provides digital marketing services on the internet.  His firm helps small businesses with their websites, email marketing, blog articles, webinars, and other services to increase sales. 

John has an office with a classroom where he conducts both in-person classes and online webinars.  The in-person classes normally have about twenty-five attendees.

During one of the in-person classes, John was presenting the importance of the content on their websites.  He talked about how Google uses keywords to determine the order companies are listed in the results when a person does a search. 

As John was explaining how Google Analytics works, one person from the class stood up and started yelling at John.  He told John that he had been using the service for a few weeks with no positive results.  He called John a cheat and liar.  The man continued to call John names, and call the service worthless.

John started yelling back at the man.  He told him that he did not know what he was talking about and that three weeks was not enough time to evaluate the service.  The two men continued yelling at each other.  Several members of the class were disturbed and left the class.  When the shouting ended, there were only twelve people remaining. 

One of the members of the class who stayed walked up to John and began talking with him.  He told John that he had been using the service for nine months and that he did have a significant increase in sales.  However, the increase did not start until the third month.  He suggested that John should have let the customer finish his shouting and then calmly explain that the changes in content as well as the graphics and color on the website take two or three months to affect google’s rating.  At least try to calmly address the man’s complaints. 

John thought about what the customer told him.  John realized that addressing anger with more anger is not the way to address the situation.  He probably lost customers because he did not take the time to think about the appropriate response.  In the future, John made sure he did not respond to anger before taking the time to think.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

When faced with a stressful situation, it is often better to take the time to think about your situation and not allow the source of the stress to dictate how you will respond.  There are times when a situation can cause physical harm to you and others.  During those times it is important to respond quickly to protect yourself and others.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.