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The Bible Verses About Anger and Frustration

We have all been here.  The feeling of being stuck in our circumstances without a way out can be frustrating and lead us to anger. The testing of faith when we cannot see a way out on our own can lead us to sin. The Bible verses about anger and frustration are numerous. However, we can learn from the teachings in the Bible on how to overcome this.

The first thing we should do to alleviate our anger and frustration is to seek God. Spend time in His word and talking to him.  Prayer time is time spent with God having an honest conversation about what is bothering you so much. This is the time to receive the comfort of the Holy Spirit. The intercession of Christ Jesus and His forgiveness for the sin of frustration and anger can be found with Him. Let’s review the Bible Verses about anger and frustration. Hopefully, this will lead us to the peace of God our hearts desperately desire.

Bible Verses on Frustration

The frustration we experience is a product of our pride. Our own heart wants what it wants when it wants it. There is nothing more frustrating than having to wait for something beyond the time limit we have set in our mind. In our pride, we feel that the world revolves around us. We have placed our wants and needs above God. Let’s remember everything happens for a reason and in due season. However, God’s word tells us that everything happens according to His plan and that we should not lean on our own understanding. To have a great understanding of the righteousness of God will require all of us to gain wisdom from God’s word. Consequently, wise men do not allow their stubbornness to lead them into sin.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5 NIV

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 NIV

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. Proverbs 3:7 NIV

Stubbornness Leads to Sin

Our pridefulness will lead us to remain stuck.  In our stubbornness, we will dig in our heels.  The best way to explain this is to compare us to the stiff-necked people of the Bible – the Israelites. God often refers to His people this way for God knows the hearts of all mankind. No matter how many times or how long God begged His people to return to Him they refused. Isaiah spent his entire lifetime delivering God’s message of salvation. However, God’s people refused to humble themselves. They continued to fuel God’s anger with their stubbornness.

God only wanted them to return to Him so that he could comfort and love them. Consequently, the Israelites only had to set aside their stubbornness and return to the one true God. However, God knew they would only return to Him after the full weight of his devasting righteous anger. At the end of the wrath of God, He will be waiting to comfort and forgive.

“I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. Exodus 32:9 NIV

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

In that day you will say: “I will praise you, Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. Isaiah 12:1 NIV

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Isaiah 40:1 NIV

Bible Verses on Anger

In the season of our frustration, it can sometimes turn to anger.  Especially, if we feel threatened, misunderstood, or broken. The anger of man can lead us to lash out with harsh words when our hasty temper can get the best of us. These words can leave others feeling threatened and with a broken heart. Most times, in anger, we always fail to do the right thing. We are not loving, kind, understanding, or patient. Unlike God, we certainly not behaving as a righteous judge with the goal of providing perfect peace to our beloved brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Bible also counsels us to stay away from people who may have anger issues. Sinful anger brings conflict and harm to all. The Word of God is very clear that we should avoid these types of people.  They prevent us from living a peaceful life. However, we cannot always avoid angry people, but we should avoid making friends with them. We should also not associate with them whenever possible.

An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins. Proverbs 29:22 NIV

Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, Proverbs 22:24 NIV

Reaction To Frustration

Our reaction to our own frustration as Christians should not lead to anger. Whether it is things in our past that we have been holding onto or something currently taking place.  We should spend time reading the Old Testament and the New Testament for guidance. This only makes good sense since we are not of this world and should not rely on it for our guidance. The Holy Bible was written to teach us to reach out to God’s righteous right hand.  The hand of God will help us to avoid sin in our frustration.

Living in our frustration is a dark place. It is where we will find bad things, angry thoughts, and lies from the devil. The devil will cause us to have fits of anger giving full vent to our rage. There is no place for such things in the Kingdom of God. Therefore, we must not allow the devil to obtain a stronghold on our minds. In these times seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. Isaiah 43:18 NIV

All their days they eat in darkness, with great frustration, affliction, and anger. Ecclesiastes 5:17 NIV

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 NIV

Rely On The Holy Spirit

Our Lord Jesus Christ sent us the Holy Spirit to fill us with the peace of God. The Holy Spirit is the invisible presence of God. It is the very breath that we breathe because the Holy Spirit is the breath of life.  Take a deep breath to feel the energy of the Holy Spirit. This very breath can inspire us with skills and powers to achieve impossible things in our lives. This same spirit came to rest on Jesus as a dove when he was baptized. It empowered Him to begin his ministry to bring life into the world. This same spirit was given to us by Jesus.  He first breathed it into His apostles. We are only required to repent and be baptized to receive this gift. Hence, this is the only way to the Kingdom of God.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV

And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. John 20:22 NIV

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 NIV        

Change Our Focus

Therefore, rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you to be a wise man or woman when dealing with frustrations and anger. To seek thoughts of peace and avoid works of the flesh. Let the Holy Spirit remind you of Jesus’ teachings. As a result, you will be able to change an angry retort to a soft answer. Let the Holy Spirit teach you the will of God in the little things. Taking a cleansing breath to clear your mind and heart of angry feelings. This is the best way to change your focus back to the will of God.

We also must understand we will move in and out of seasons. There will be seasons of joy and seasons of pain. Sometimes with the pain will come frustration and anger. Therefore, our focus should be on the Lord God almighty in times of frustration. Let the love of the Holy Spirit guide us to understanding, patience, kindness, and love. Focus our minds on the things we have and are grateful for. Let’s give thanks to all that has been given.

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26 NIV

in purity, understanding, patience, and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 2 Corinthians 6:6 NIV

Gratitude

Anxiety can lead to frustration and anger when we are ungrateful. We should thank God daily for the roof over our heads, the food on our table, and the ability to provide for our family. Let us make it a habit of giving thanks to God daily for these things. We should never allow our circumstances to cause us to be ungrateful or anxious. Prayerfully give thanks to the Lord and make known your desires.

However, when the expected end of bad circumstances does not happen as planned. Or end the way we want it to. Frustration builds up and anger lodges in our hearts. We can immediately become that angry person lashing out at everyone. This is not righteous indignation. This is not the right kind of anger because it is due to not getting the desires of our hearts. Like Paul, we must learn to be content in all circumstances. This starts with a grateful heart.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 NIV

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12 NIV

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

Martha Frustrated and Angry

In the story of Martha and Mary, there were many things that needed to be done to prepare the evening for Jesus and His disciples. Mary was running around like a chicken without a head. However, her sister Mary chose to sit down and listen to Jesus. Martha in her worry and frustration complained to Jesus about the lack of help. Martha told Jesus to tell Mary to help her. Jesus explained that she was upset about unnecessary things.

Her focus and our focus should always be on Jesus. No matter what our best intentions are we should always be good servants. In this circumstance, Martha does not set a good example for being God-like. As a result, she allowed the foolishness of anger to offset all the good work she had planned to prepare for the Lord. In her anger, she told God what he should be doing thinking she had all the right reasons. The real problem was she chose her way and then became frustrated. She let her pride and stubbornness take hold of her.

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 NIV

Tips To Help With Frustration and Anger

Life can be full of ups and downs. We must accept that most things are out of our control, or it is just not the right time for us. Any kind of anger directed at the next person you encounter is not a God-given emotion. This type of anger is a sin against God. Let’s review these tips.

  1. Read the Word.
  2. Pray.
  3. Recognize your pride and stubbornness.
  4. Don’t be stubborn.
  5. See anger as a sin.
  6. Avoid people with anger issues.
  7. Rely on the Holy Spirit.
  8. Change your focus to God.
  9. See difficult times as a temporary season.
  10. Count your blessings, be grateful.

Additional Reading:

Bible Stories About Waiting On The Lord

What The Bible Says About Pride

The Holy Spirit

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