There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father
gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his
temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The
first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the
next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number
of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it
was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the
fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper
at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested
that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able
to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally
able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.
father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He
said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the
fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in
anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife
in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say
I'm sorry, the wound is still there."
it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the
Luke 21:19 By standing firm you will gain
I John 3:18 "My little children, let us not love in
word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth."
Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.
37:8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret--it
leads only to evil.
Proverbs 12:16 A fool shows his
annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an
Proverbs 14:17 A quick-tempered man does foolish
things, and a crafty man is hated.
Proverbs 14:29 A
patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man
Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away
wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his
temper than one who takes a city.
Proverbs 17:14 Starting
a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a
dispute breaks out.
Proverbs 19:11 A man's wisdom gives
him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an
Proverbs 21:24 The proud and arrogant
man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening
Proverbs 22:24 Do not make friends with a
hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily
Proverbs 25:28 Like a city whose walls are broken
down is a man who lacks self-control.
Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away
Proverbs 30:33 For as churning the milk produces
butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up
anger produces strife."
Ecclesiastes 7:9 Do not be quickly
provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of
Jonah 4:4 But the LORD replied, "Have you any right
to be angry?"
Matthew 5:22 But I tell you that anyone who
is angry with his brother  will be subject to judgment. Again,
anyone who says to his brother, `Raca,  ' is answerable to the
Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, `You fool!' will be in danger of
the fire of hell.
2 Corinthians 12:20 For I am afraid that
when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may
not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be
quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander,
gossip, arrogance and disorder.
Galatians 5:19-21 The acts
of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and
debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord,
jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I
did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the
kingdom of God.
Ephesians 4:26 "In your anger do not sin"
 : Do not let the sun go down while you are still
Colossians 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of
all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and
filthy language from your lips.
1 Timothy 2:8 I want men
everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or
Titus 1:7 Since an overseer  is entrusted
with God's work, he must be blameless--not overbearing, not
quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not
pursuing dishonest gain.
James 1:19 My dear brothers, take
note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak
and slow to become angry