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Anger, human

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Human anger arises for a number of reasons, some of which are acceptable and others which are not. Scripture stresses the potentially destructive aspects of human anger and urges moderation.

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Reasons for human anger


Genesis 4:4–5 NLT
Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.
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Jonah 4:1 NLT
This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry.
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The truth

Hanani had prophesied against the king.
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Human anger is sometimes justified

Exodus 32:19 NLT
When they came near the camp, Moses saw the calf and the dancing, and he burned with anger. He threw the stone tablets to the ground, smashing them at the foot of the mountain.
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Results of human anger


Genesis 4:8 NLT
One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him.
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God’s judgment

Matthew 5:22 NLT
But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.
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James 1:20 NLT
Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.
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Dealing with anger

Becoming slow to anger

1 Corinthians 13:5 NLT
or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
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Not taking revenge

Romans 12:19 NLT
Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.

Renouncing anger

Ephesians 4:31 NLT
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.
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