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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

Jealousy

Genesis 4:4–5 NASB95
Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.
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Pride

Jonah 4:1 NASB95
But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became 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 NASB95
It came about, as soon as Moses came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing; and Moses’ anger burned, and he threw the tablets from his hands and shattered them at the foot of the mountain.
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Results of human anger

Strife

Genesis 4:8 NASB95
Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
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God’s judgment

Matthew 5:22 NASB95
“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.
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Sin

James 1:20 NASB95
for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
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Dealing with anger

Becoming slow to anger

1 Corinthians 13:5 NASB95
does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
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Not taking revenge

Romans 12:19 NASB95
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.

Renouncing anger

Ephesians 4:31 NASB95
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
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