Scripture to Tame Your Temper

Use this excerpt from Navigate to skillfully master your anger.

By Norman Vincent Peale


It is very important what you do when angry. Your action rides, to a large extent, on the destiny of your life. You can stir up trouble, make enemies, ruin chances or make yourself sick.

On the contrary, by proper handling of anger you can keep situations under control, cement friendships, win respect and stay healthy. 

I suspect that some people’s lives have been ruined by anger. By the same token, the skillful mastering of anger has added to the effectiveness of many. The following verses constitute an extraordinarily effective anti-anger technique:

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“Good sense makes a man slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense” (Proverbs 19:11).
This verse pits good sense against anger and stresses the value of imperturbably overlooking offense. When anger surges upon you, just say to yourself, It is stupid to get angry. It won’t get me anywhere except into trouble. The momentary satisfaction of letting go isn’t worth the difficulties I will experience as a result.

In this manner, you may talk yourself into being sensible. This rational procedure will slow down your anger-reactions, and help you rise above the provocation. In other words, meet anger with urbanity.

“Know this, my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19).
This verse teaches us to be alert to people and situations but always to react slowly to emotional stimuli.

The longer you can keep quiet the more effective will be your reactions. Don’t say the sharp words, do not make the quick retort, do not write that nasty letter–or, if you do, tear it up. Say nothing. Keep quiet. Make no rejoinder. Practice the great strategy of delay....  “do not let the sun go down on your anger” (Ephesians 4:26).

Never let a day end without getting rid of your anger. This advice is psychologically very sound. Empty anger out every night to keep it from accumulating. In your prayers drain off any anger content that may be in your mind.

Forgive everybody and practice the great art of forgetting. You can build up resistance to anger by letting these verses soak into your thought processes until they exert an automatic check upon your emotional reactions. Study them. Memorize them. Use them.

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Please I need your blessings just speak a word ,I want to study abroad canada to be precisely but nt bouyant enough I need favour from now till july.

Sometimes I take offense when I shouldn't. I have a sister in Christ that tells me to turn the other cheek. I will try to remember the scriptures that I may not take offense or to get mad.

Thank you. I owe a special thanks to the one that first send me Guideposts (unknown)
I received it a few hours after I found my son hanging 3 years ago. I have read a few in the past. This one came at the right time as have a few others.
Just want to cry today.
Thank You

Hi, Byron!

My thoughts and prayers are in remembrance of you during this time of sadness and grief of your son's passing three years ago.
May fond and pleasant memories of him in happier times encourage your heart.
Today, 21 years ago, my husband and I had the funeral for our 20 year-old son. Even though the circumstance surrounding our loved ones death are different, we no less need to pray for each other and keep letting Spiritual resources like Guideposts be a source of strength and comfort to us -- even more so the blessed encouragement we can get from the promises we can be assured of that are found in God's Holy Word.

"Treasure each other in recognition that we do not know how long we shall have each other." Joshua L. Liebman

Byron, I can't imagine how you feel losing your son. My son tried to kill himself 3 times before a diagnosis was made (schizophrenia, bipolar, and a few other things). I have prayed for you (and it's okay to cry).

Just prayed for you Byron for hope and peace in the midst of your sadness. Virtual hugs to you.

Sorry you are feeling bad today, I just prayed for you and asked that our Lord lift you up so you can have peace in your heart.

Great advice, but the typo in the James 1:9 quote implores us to be quick to HEAT & slow to anger, which is an oxymoron! Let's be quick to HEAR instead! ;-)

Thanks for catching that typo, Robyn! It's been corrected.

This was unbelievably right on the mark for me today. Thank you for the encouragement and help to start another week of a very stressful job.

I to believe the best way to rid ones self of fear or anger is to forgive everybody and practice the great art of forgetting. Most important, "let go ,and let God". Keep your emotions in check and think before you speak.

That is so true.Forgiveness is a gift.

Thank you also from Australia Jennifer