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Worksheet on Anger

This assignment will take many hours over many days. It should not be done quickly or in one sitting. Preferably, it will become your devotions as you ponder God’s teaching.


  • On a separate piece of paper, or in a separate document, examine the following passages.
  • Read them in context and study their meaning.
  • Spend time meditating upon them.
  • For each verse, list as many observations as possible (there should be many).
  • Then prayerfully journal about.

1.      What these verse mean in general.

2.      What they mean specifically in your situation.

3.      What you must do to benefit from their teaching.

  • Return the list of observations and—if/when you feel comfortable—the journaling.


Prov 29:11,20

“A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back.”


Matt 5:21-22

“You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court’ 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.”


Romans 12:19-21

“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. But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”


Ephesians 4:29 “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”


Prov 25:28

“Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit.”


Prov 19:11

“A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression.”


Prov 15:1

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”


Prov 15:28

“The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.” / Prov 15:28 “The heart of the righteous studies how to answer.” / Prov 16:23 “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth and adds learning to his lips.”


Prov 16:21

“Sweetness of the lips increases persuasiveness.”


Prov 18:2

“A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind.”

Prov 16:32

“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he captures a city.”


See an example of listing observations on the following page:


Prov 29:11,20 “A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back.”


Observations from Proverbs 29:11:

  1. There is a contrast between two people, those who are foolish and those who are wise.
    1. Fools are people who ignore God’s teaching and instruction.
    2. Fools are people who fail to succeed because they never learn.
    3. Fools are people who are losers in society.
    4. No one respects fools, there is no honor for fools.
    5. No one comes to fools to learn from them because they do not know anything.
    6. Fools are frequently judged in scripture.
    7. Fools do not regard God.
    8. Fools do not regard the consequences of their actions.
    9. Fools do not regard the wise counsel of others.
    10. Fools are sinful people.
    11. God is displeased with fools.
    12. God basically won’t use fools.
    13. God pushes fools into greater darkness because they will not heed the light they have anyway.
  2. Wise people love and honor God.
    1. Wise people know scripture and rightly apply it.
    2. Wise people fear the Lord.
    3. Wise people have the mind of Christ.
    4. Wise people have mastered themselves.
    5. Wise people guide and direct the people of God.
    6. Wise people make righteous decisions.
    7. Wise people love truth and hate falsehood.
    8. Wise people are useful to the plan of God.
    9. Wise people are sought for counsel by others.
    10. Wise people receive rebuke and correction with joy.
    11. Wise people are honorable in their actions.
    12. God leads wise people into greater understanding because they heed, live and teach the truths of God.
  3. There is one emotion that is felt in this verse: anger.
    1. Both fools and wise people feel anger.
    2. There are many things that cause anger and both wise people and fools undergo circumstances that cause anger.
    3. According to this verse, though both people feel the same emotion, how they handle their emotion is what differentiates them.
    4. One’s temper is the emotional, verbal, and mental response to something.

                                                              i.      One’s emotions can be filled with anger.

                                                            ii.      One’s words can be filled anger.

                                                          iii.      One’s thoughts can be filled with anger.

  1. There are two behaviors being mentioned in this verse: losing one’s temper and holding back one’s temper.
    1. Losing one’s temper means losing control of one’s emotions.
    2. Losing one’s temper means having something else control us besides the Holy Spirit.
    3. Losing one’s temper means saying/acting in a way we know displeases God.
    4. Losing one’s temper means at one point I had it, in order to lose it. By virtue of losing control of it, at one point I had control.
    5. Losing one’s temper is foolish.
  2. Wise people hold their temper back.
    1. Wise people have personal restraint when they are angry.
    2. Wise people could unleash their anger too, just like the fools, but they hold it back.
    3. Wise people control their emotions, their words, and their thoughts.
    4. Wise people have the Holy Spirit available for their resource.
    5. Wise people have the scriptures, wise counsel, a righteous life, to also aid them in restraining their anger.
    6. The notion of “holding it back” implies volition, the wise person is not at the mercy of their emotions, rather their emotions are under their own control.
  3. The goal of this verse is not to remove the circumstances which cause anger (though that may be a good thing too) but rather to align our response to those circumstances such that we are wise and righteous.
    1. Fools let the circumstance and the problem dictate their response.
    2. Fools let their own opinions, impressions, thinking dictate their response.
    3. Wise people examine the situation through the mind of Christ, through the lens of scripture, through the grid of righteousness. Wise people respond according to these other factors, while fools respond according to their own emotions and opinions.
    4. Wise people anticipate areas of concern (because they are wise) where as fools are constantly shocked by the problems they are in.
  4. Fools always loose their temper. We may not always lose our temper, which means that we are growing in wisdom.
    1. Complete fools are those who do these kinds of things every time. Completely wise people do the righteous thing every time.
    2. If we are growing in wisdom, we will see a growth in the frequency of our own victory.
  5. Losing our temper displeases God, whereas holding back our temper pleases Him.
  6. Losing our temper is more like Satan, the flesh, and the world, holding our temper back is more like Christ.





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