“And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it,” Genesis 4:4-8 NKJV.
Oh LORD, forgive any areas of my life where I have been jealous, or angry and not forgiven. Help me to walk in righteousness by Your grace, that I would be able to obey all You want for me to do.
LORD, help me to be as Joseph was in forgiving those even closest to him who desired to kill him. Help me to love my enemies and to be good to those who hate me, and to pray for those who spitefully use me.
Father, I do not want to reap what I have sown in anger. I renounce all violence, bitterness, hatred, rage, murderous attitudes and anger, and pray that You would deliver me from them.
I want to walk in the Spirit and to inherit all You have for me, Your goodness, Your self control, Your love, mercy, faithfulness, obedience, Your peace and joy. I pray You would give me beauty for ashes Abba. In the name and the blood of JESUS, (Deuteronomy 1:34-35).
Father, You were angry with Moses, because He acted in pride and anger again, I do not want to walk in impatience, but to be free from all things that would keep me from Your best for me. Help me to identify oh LORD, those things in my heart that are unpleasing to You, and to forgive all who have offended me. Help me to be quick to forgive Father, (Deuteronomy 1:37-38).
Father, You know all things. You alone are almighty. You have said that vengeance is Mine, says the LORD! So Father help me to give up my right to be angry or vengeful, that I might inherit the promises You have made, and not walk in any rebellion in my life.
I want Your ears to be open to my prayers so help me to give up any hold I have to doubt, unbelief or anything else that would rob and steal from me, (Deuteronomy 3:26).
Father, I want to cross my Jordan. I want to possess all the good things You have for me. Help me LORD, to be brave and of good courage; to let go of all wrath and anger. Father, like Gideon, sometimes I have tested You.
I pray You will help me to grow in faith and trust in You, and to die to my own self sufficiency. I pray I will depend on You like Gideon did, and that I will trust in Your kindness like David did, (Deuteronomy 4:21-22 NKJV, Judges 6:39-40 NKJV).
Father, I do not want to be a Saul and walk in fear, delusion, anger, hatred and jealousy. I want to know Your love for me and to understand Your lovingkindness, that I could be filled with Your goodness. Pour in Your love and extract all ungodly fear from my life that I would walk in TRUTH, (1 Samuel 18:8-12 NKJV).
Father, instill me with confidence in Your ability to defend me and fight for me! Remove all ungodly anger and wrath, that I would walk in obedience to you. Extract any pain from my life that is the root of my anger, that I could face it, and forgive those who offended me.
Take away my tendency to walk in my own self-sufficiency instead of depending on You and obeying You. Father, help me to walk humbly with You, to not walk in presumption and pride, that would cause me to get angry without cause. Grant me the grace to walk in humility and thankfulness LORD, (2 Kings 13:19 NKJV, 2 Chronicles 26:18-19 NKJV).
Father, help me to walk in intimacy with You, not hiding anything, and trusting in the blood of Jesus, that paid the price for my sins. I never want to get so far away, that I don’t experience Your kisses, Your voice, Your tenderness and Grace towards me.
Pour out Your perfect love in me, that it would cast down all fear. Fill me with the fear of the LORD instead of the fear of man!
“Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.
Selah Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the LORD,” (Psalm 2:12-3:1 NKJV).
Father, Give me Your peace, when that peace has been disrupted by the enemy’s voice! Help me to remember Your truth, when he comes to sow doubt in my heart.
Help me to remember, when others fail in their love for me, that Your’s is never ending, and Your presence is always close to those who fear You. Help me to get still and listen for Your wisdom and comfort in every situation that brings turmoil to my heart, (Psalm 4:4-5).
Father, Your word is truth. Help me to know when I feel angry about something or someone, that I am not warring against flesh and blood, but powers and principalities and spiritual wickedness in heavenly places, and that You are my strong tower, my refuge from the enemy’s taunts, (Psalm 7:11-12 NKJV).
Father, I have no rights, because I gave them up when I gave my heart to You. I surrendered my whole life and I choose to trust you and to depend on You to help me with all my emotions. I do not have to give in to my emotions.
Give me the grace to see what the enemy is doing when I am acting out of hurt, intolerance, impatience, or frustration. Help me to remember You are in control of my life and that all things work for the good to those who are called according to Your purposes, (Psalm 76:7 NKJV).
Father, Help me to face all the anger in my heart, that I would not be a contentious person, or project any anger on those I love. Let Your hand be upon me that I would not do harm to anyone.
Change my attitude to reflect Your own LORD, that I would fulfill the call on my life to be an ambassador for You; to love others as You have loved me, (Psalm 85 NKJV, Proverbs 21:19).
Father, keep me from ungodly relationships. Give me discernment to recognize when bitterness is rearing it’s ugly head and to not agree with it. Keep me from aligning myself with strife and rebellion that comes through angry men or women. Help me to quiet myself within, that I could hear what You would say, (Proverbs 22:24-25 NKJV).
LORD, Your word indicates that anger comes with transgression and that unrealized anger stirs up strife and arguments. Help me to walk in humility. Grant me the grace to cast all my cares upon You and to realize I need You more than the air I breathe, everyday. Help me to keep up the communion with You and to get alone with You, that You can work Your goodness in me, (Proverbs 29:22-23 NKJV).
Father, I don’t want to be foolish. Help me to change my reactions to align with Your will in my life. Help me to change my habits and to look for You to know how to react in different situations. Help me to stop and look to You instead of reacting, (Ecclesiastes 7:9).
LORD, always help me to remember Your lovingkindness and patience, even when I have blown it. Help me to not compromise to the extent I would backslide away from Your heart.
You always promise to heal if we come to You in our pain, in our sadness, in our anger. I thank You LORD that You create the fruit of the lips and that You have promised to give us peace. You have said that You will make even our enemies to be at peace with us, (Isaiah 57:17-19 NKJV).
LORD help keep me from the pride of self righteousness, that then looks only at the problems in other people. Help me to remember You are the only One Who is GOOD, that You are SLOW to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and give me the grace to be like You.
Keep me from doing harm to another person. Keep me from self-pity and all the ways of anger and violence. Restore to me a pure and undivided heart. Never let me get so prideful that I would align Your heart to injustice, for You only have my good in mind in all that You do, (Jonah 4:1-4, 4:9-11 NKJV).
Father, crush all the pride in me that would circumvent me having Your mercy and compassion for others, even though they are rebellious or imperfect. Never let me get into the pride of self-sufficiency and self-righteousness without Your immediate correction. Do not let me do harm to another through my words. Put a guard on the door of my lips and heart Father! In Jesus’ name!
But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the Judgement. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council.
But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Father, help me to be quick to forgive any offenses and to never Judge another man. You are the One and only Judge. Father, never let me succomb to jealousy over the well being or ministry of another.
I don’t know what others have been through. I don’t know the price they have paid. Let me never assume about anyone. Let me look to YOU for counsel, and not to man’s ways, (Matthew 5:22-24 NKJV).
Father, extend Your lovingkindness to me, and help me radiate Your kindness to others. Forgive me LORD for my many indiscretions with my lips, forgive me for any word curses or soulish prayers I’ve prayed, and any anger I have had at not being able to control my life.
For my life is in Your hands, and You work all things to the good for those who are called to Your purposes. Fill me up with Your love that I can love others. Your love never fails. Help me to always lean on YOU for the love I need to give to others as well as for myself, (Matthew 18:33-34 NKJV).
Never LORD, do I want to presume on Your relationship with me. Help me to stay close to You. Fill me with passion for You, that I would not reject Your Holy Spirit when He calls to me; that I would never be too busy to spend time with You which is the only way I can get filled up with more of YOU, (Luke 14:21-22 NKJV).
“And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found,’” Luke 15:27-32 NKJV.
Father, Your love is so unconditional and everlasting. I renounce any jealousy towards my own brothers and sisters in the LORD, or any other individual. Root out any discontentment with how You have dealt with me.
Root out any jealousy for how you choose to use others. Enable me to be content in all situations. Grant me Your GRACE to overcome. Fill me more with Your love and kindness, that I can rejoice with those who rejoice and be grateful for the life and ministry You have given me and others, without anger at what I have not been given to do, or what I’ve been given to go through.
Help me to press in to You with all my heart, and free me from any selfish ambition, I pray. In the name and the blood of JESUS.
Father, You alone are the righteous Judge. Help me to seek Your opinions of others and not yield to my own fleshly tendencies to Judge for myself. You alone know the hearts of men, and help me to love them as You love them, (John 7:24 NKJV).
LORD, help me to come to You with my anger, and not to use it against others to hurt them. Help me to lay all my cares and concerns onto You. Show me the way of LIFE LORD.
I give my anger and pain to YOU. Help me LORD to forgive deep in my heart, and not just on the surface. Help me to see the other person’s point of view and to see them with Your eyes, (Ephesians 4:25-27 NKJV).
They refused to obey, And they were not mindful of Your wonders that You did among them. But they hardened their necks, and in their rebellion they appointed a leader to return to their bondage. But You are God, ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness, and did not forsake them, (Nehemiah 9:17 NKJV).
Thank You Father, for helping me to see in Your word, that You never leave us or forsake us, that Your love never is taken away, even when we get rebellious or angry or hurt others, that You continue, by Your grace to be concerned with healing us, and changing us, by pouring in your love, even when we don’t deserve it.
“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret – it only causes harm. For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the LORD, they shall inherit the earth,” Psalm 37:8-9 NKJV.
Father, I see a relationship between fear and nervousness, with anger and wrath. Father deliver me in Your lovingkindness from every fear in my life, from all impatience, intolerance, worry, and doubt, that I could be filled with the knowledge of the depth of Your love for mean and be confident in it.
Help me to not be presumptuous, and keep me from acting in impulsiveness, that I would WAIT on You, to do only what You lead Father!
Oh LORD, I praise You for Your great love and mercy towards me! Thank You for Your ever loving kindness and unconditional love, and help me to forgive those who don’t love me unconditionally.
Help those persons I have offended to forgive me LORD. Heal my heart from any hidden hurts and pain, that I will not react in bitterness, but only in Your love, by Your Spirit, (Psalm 103:8-11 NKJV).
“The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The LORD is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works,” Psalm 145:8-9.
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness,” Proverbs 15:1-2 NKJV.
LORD, help me to be filled up with soft answers; to react in PEACE towards those who are angry and tormented. Help me to react in LOVE and kindness to those who seem offensive and bitter themselves.
I want to walk in Your love, and see others with Your eyes and react in Your heart. Put Your words on my lips. Let no corrupt communication come out of my mouth LORD.
“A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays contention,” Proverbs 15:18 NKJV.
“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city,” (Proverbs 16:32 NKJV)
“The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression,” (Proverbs 19:11 NKJV).
Father, I acknowledge that there are many times I have failed and have been provoked to react in anger and wrath. Help me to stop before I react, and to have the mind of Christ in all situations, that I may react in love.
Take away any impulsivity, that I would wait, and look to You for how to respond in my communications with others.
Help my words to always edify, comfort and build up others LORD, like You do. Help to not respond at all when I am tired, to put it off then, till I am of sound mind and have sought Your heart.
Father, always help me to have a healthy respect for authority that I would not incur Your anger. Help me to love, and pray for those in authority in my life and to always respond as You would, (Proverbs 20:2 NKJV).
“It is honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel,” Proverbs 20:3.
Father I want to be free from any foolishness in my life. Break the power of strife in my life; uproot any pride that would engender strife.
“Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, but who is able to stand before jealousy?” Proverbs 27:4.
LORD, Your word seems to indicate that jealousy is worse than anger or wrath. Root out any place in my heart where I have been jealous of others, including my natural family LORD.
Heal the deep bitter root Judgments I have made, that I could forgive deeply like You forgive and love them as You love them LORD. Keep me from the sins of jealousy, envy, wrath and anger that I would not put anything in the way of our relationship.
LORD, I know that jealousy in Saul led him to a murderous attitude of heart. I renounce all jealousy and murder that could be in my heart and ask You to increase Your Holy Spirit in me, that I could live totally in YOU.
LORD help me to accept Your correction, even when coming from unlikely vessels. Help me to discern when the words of people are coming from You, or from their own hurts, that I would not react in anger, but with Your Spirit of understanding, (Proverbs 27:5-6).
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful,” Proverbs 27:6.
Father, Jesus’s words were that offenses will come. Help me to forgive my friends when they are insensitive to my needs or feelings. Help me to realize that when the kisses of the enemy come through another, that I fight not against flesh and blood, but powers and principalities and spiritual wickedness in high places.
Help me to feel Your love and comfort, and to quiet myself when offenses come, that I can feel Your love. Help me to love those who seem to be my enemies.
LORD, help me not to yield to self-pity, but understand that bad things happen to all people and I am not alone in my suffering. You are there with me suffering with me, feeling my pain and sorrow.
Help me to rejoice in my sufferings and to continue to wage the good fight that I may earn the prize of Your presence. Help me to have a thankful heart, (Ecclesiastes 5:16-17 NKJV).
Search my heart oh God and tell me if there is any wicked way in me. Show me anything I have not repented of. And grant me the grace to turn away from sins that easily beset me. Bring the power of Your love that leads to repentance and destroys the yoke of bondage over my life Father ! In Jesus’ name! (Joel 2:13-14 NKJV).
Thank you LORD that Your character delights in mercy. Your heart is ever towards me. Have compassion on me LORD, and subdue my iniquities, that I may walk in light all the time, (Micah 7:18-19 NKJV).
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you, (Ephesians 4:29-32 NKJV).
Oh LORD, give me a tender heart; an undivided heart, that I may know You and the fellowship of Your sufferings, that I may share in Your glory! Help me to be a braveheart. Do not let my heart bring forth words that would hurt others, but that would only bring LIFE to others.
Father, any sin in my life means unbelief and deception somewhere in my mind or heart. Destroy all the roots of UNBELIEF and DECEPTION over my soul LORD.
Deliver me from all evil as Your word says You will do LORD! Give me GRACE to be passionate for You and obeying Your word! Help me to live what I have read in Your word, that I may bless and represent You well to the world that does not know You.
I don’t want to dishonor YOU in any way LORD. Help me overcome ALL my sins. Help me to love people as You love them LORD, even when they treat me with misunderstanding, help me to react in LOVE.
Pour Your love in me LORD, that I may love others as You love them, (Colossians 3:8-11 NKJV.
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Father, some days I do well and feel ok, and I worship you and love you, but on other days, the anger deep inside of me boils to the surface. I hate the ministry some days. I hate your people even more on some days. And, as you well know, Lord, there have been days when I have screemed my lungs out at you in rage and discouragement.
Thank you, my Lord, for being so patient with me. It hurts when your children attack me and treat me this way. I have learned over the years that religious people are the meanest people on this earth. You, Lord Jesus, certainly found that out. I praise you for all the strength you have given me over the past several weeks. Thank you for your love and kindness despite my desire, like David, to have all my enemies destroyed. Thank you for your forgiveness toward me, and your patient work with me to help me see my errors in this situation.
Lord Jesus, I give you my anger and rage and feelings of murder, and I ask for your peace. I ask you for your joy as I surrender to rest in your spirit, and forgive all my enemies. Help me with forgiveness and to pray prayers of blessing upon my enemies. Thank you so much for understanding, Jesus. You are so great. I love you, Lord.
Praying the Scriptures . . .
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? (Matt. 5:44-46 NIV)
Who can discern his errors?
Forgive my hidden faults. (Psa. 19:12 NIV)
In your anger do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.
Offer right sacrifices
and trust in the LORD. (Psa. 4:4-5 NIV)
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may remain for a night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning. (Psa. 30:5 NIV)
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret it leads only to evil.
For evil men will be cut off,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. (Psa. 37:8-9 NIV)
What do we learn from Jesus about anger in the Bible? Jesus’ way of dealing with anger is quite different than what we think today.
If we learn to deal with anger in the way that Jesus taught and modeled we’ll find that we’re living more and more in God’s peace. The way of Christ helps us to forgive, find security and strength in God’s love, be a blessing to others (even those who are difficult), and resolve relationship conflicts. But we need to be careful in our interpretations of what Jesus is saying and not saying because he is often misunderstood!
Jesus’ Teachings on Anger
Jesus is the best psychologist and the best moral teacher. He understands anger. He understands how to deal with being criticized or mistreated. In the Sermon on the Mount, he goes over his fundamental teaching on anger, contempt, and how to deal with interpersonal conflict.
(All Bible verses are from the NIV84 unless noted otherwise.)
Don’t let anger control you; address it in love
“I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. Settle matters quickly with your adversary” (Matthew 5:22-25).
Jesus is not saying that the emotion of anger is sinful. He is saying that anger is dangerous and to be careful!
Stand before the Lord as your gracious Judge and ask yourself: “What am I angry about? Why am I angry? What is an honest and gracious way to deal with this?” Then seek to resolve the conflict that angers you ASAP and do so in love. This is so important that you may need to interrupt a sacred ritual or a time of prayer (Matthew 5:23-24).
Be the first to say “I’m sorry” or to offer empathy and compassion. Of course, this is not fair, but do it anyway because God does it for you. You can “Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13).
Don’t seek revenge when mistreated; share God’s generosity
“Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:44-45).
If we give in to angry feelings and justify them the next thing we want to do is to act on them and get even. Jesus’ point here is don’t seek revenge; God is gracious with you so you be gracious to others. Treat conflict and injustice as an opportunity for God to bring out the best in you, not the worst, for you to grow in your capacity to share the kindness of Christ.
Get help for your problem before you help another
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged… First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:1, 5).
When someone has a speck in their eye it hurts. They need help getting it out. But you’re in no position to help when you have a log in your own eye!
Usually when we’re angry we have a log in our own eye that needs to be dealt with. Get help understanding and overcoming the issues in your life – like control, self-righteousness, and unforgiveness – that underlie and arouse your anger. Then you’ll be able to see clearly and act compassionately.
Examples of Jesus Responding to the Pharisees’ Anger
Let’s look at how Jesus applied his own teachings to the way he dealt with his conflicts with the religious leaders who repeatedly criticized, manipulated, attacked, and abused him.
Know When You Need to Withdraw
The Pharisees plotted to Jesus him after he healed a man with shriveled hand on the Sabbath so he withdrew (Matthew 12:9-15).
The Pharisees pressured Jesus to show them a sign from heaven to prove himself. He told them they were missing the signs right in front of them. He said their request was evil and the only sign they’d get was that of Jonah. Then he walked away (Matthew 16:1-4).
They picked up stones to stone Jesus when he proclaimed, “I and the Father are one.” He confronted them for wanting to stone him when he’d done so many wonderful miracles. When they came after him he escaped (John 10:22-42).
Pause in Quiet to Pray and Think
They tried to trap him into contradicting the law or his message of love by bringing him a woman caught in adultery and asking permission to stone her according to the law of Moses. Amazingly, Jesus paused for a long silence and then with great wisdom he affirmed law and grace by inviting whoever was without sin to throw the first stone. They all walked away confronted by their sins and Jesus released the woman (John 8:1-11).
They accused him of being in league with the devil after he delivered a possessed man. Jesus calmly explained that their was a war between the Kingdom of God verses the kingdom of Satan, good verses evil, he and his followers versus them (Matthew 12:22-37).
Ask a Question
The Pharisees criticized Jesus and his disciples for picking heads of grain on the Sabbath. Jesus asked them if they’d read the Scriptures that demonstrate that the Sabbath is about God’s mercy, not sacrifice (Matthew 12:1-8).
Sometimes Answer a Question with a Question
They challenged him by asking, “By what authority are you doing these things?” Jesus said he’d answer their question after they answered his question about whether John’s baptism came from heaven or men. They refused to answer because Jesus caught them in their own trap. If they said John who pointed to Jesus was from men then the people would be mad at them, but if they admitted that John was sent by God then they were admitting that Jesus was too. So Jesus didn’t answer them (Matthew 21:23-27).
Use a Story to Get your Point Across Gently
The Pharisees condemned Jesus for letting a prostitute sit at his feet crying, washing his feet with her tears and anointing them with perfume. Jesus told them a story that honored the woman for showing much love because she’d received much forgivenss and confronted the Pharisees for showing little love because they’d received little forgiveness (Luke 7:36-50).
They slandered him for accepting and eating with sinners and so he told them parables that highlighted God’s grace for the lost (Luke 15).
Be Prepared to Speak the Truth in Love
They badgered him on the issue of divorce in an attempt to make him look bad: “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?” Jesus reminded them of the sacredness of God’s original plan for oneness in marriage and then confronted them for mistreating women (Matthew 19:1-9).
The Pharisees questioned Jesus in an illegal trial, spit in his face, punched him, slapped him, and mocked him as a helpless prophet. Jesus silently accepted their mistreatment. Then he calmly confronted them for ganging up on him secretly and for abusing him when he did nothing wrong (Matthew 26:57-67, John 18:19-24).
The Pharisees sent a crowd armed with swords and clubs to arrest him. Jesus walked up to them and said, “I am he” and they all fell back to the ground. Peter struck a soldier with his sword, cutting off his ear. Jesus healed the soldier’s ear, commanded his disciples to put away their swords, let them arrest him, and confronted their unfounded and improper attack (Matthew 26:47-56, John 18:1-11).
They watched him being crucified and he said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” They sneered at him, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ.”
In Prayer Submit to the Father
He prayed, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:33-46).
Bible Teaching on Anger
Jesus has a lot to teach us about dealing with anger, injustice, and conflict in loving ways in the Sermon on the Mount, but his teachings are often misunderstood. I cover these teachings in my booklet Jesus’ Greatest Teaching: Living the Sermon on the Mount. It’s great for personal devotions, disciple-making or spiritual coaching, and small groups.
Please help me to dwell on the good and the positive in my life. I know that it is You who examines our hearts. Search the inner depths of my heart and expose anything that is not of You so I can be set free of it.
Lord, where I have directed anger toward others in my life or held anger inside of me, I confess that as sin and ask You to take this burden of anger away from my soul. Heal any wounds that I have inflicted, through my words and actions, in others and myself. Help me to speak sweet words of healing, and to bring Your restoration to every situation where it is needed, for I know that pleases You.
Thank You, Lord, that You will redeem my soul in peace from the battle that is against me. I believe that You, the God of peace will crush the enemy under my feet. Help me to depart from thoughts of anger and bouts with depression; help me to seek peace and actively pursue it. Help me to live righteously because I know there is a connection between the presence of Your Holy Spirit and the fruits of self-control, peace, and joy. Thank You that You will take away all anger in me and keep me in perfect peace, because my mind is fixed on You Father. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.