Hope Changes Anger.
God is present in the midst of struggle. Learn more about the hope that changes anger through video stories and scripture below.
O Lord, hear my plea for justice.
Listen to my cry for help.
Pay attention to my prayer,
for it comes from honest lips.
Protect me from wicked people who attack me,
from murderous enemies who surround me.
Arise, O Lord, in anger!
Stand up against the fury of my enemies!
Wake up, my God, and bring justice!
How long, O Lord?
How long will the wicked be allowed to gloat?
How long will they speak with arrogance?
How long will these evil people boast?
The Lord passed in front of Moses,
calling out "Yahweh! The Lord! The God
of compassion and mercy! I am slow to
anger and filled with unfailing love and
God was merciful;
he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them.
Time after time he restrained his anger
and did not stir up his full wrath.
He remembered that they were but flesh,
a passing breeze that does not return.
For God chose to save us through our Lord
Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.
Christ died for us so that, whether we are
dead or alive when he returns, we can live
with him forever.
A gentle answer quiets anger,
but a harsh one stirs it up.
Kind words bring life,
but cruel words crush your spirit.
Be patient and wait for the Lord to act;
don't be worried about those who prosper
or those who succeed in their evil plans.
Don't give in to worry or anger;
it only leads to trouble.
Those who trust in the Lord
will possess the land,
but the wicked will be driven out.
Don't sin by letting anger control you.
Think about it overnight and remain silent.
You have heard the law that says the punishment
must match the injury: "An eye for an eye, and a
tooth for a tooth." But I say, do not resist an evil
person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek,
offer the other cheek also. If you are sued in
court and your shirt is taken from you, give yourcoat, too. If a soldier demands that you carry his
gear for a mile, carry it two miles. Give to those
who ask, and don't turn away from those who
want to borrow."
God's law was given so that all people could
see how sinful they were. But as people
sinned more and more, God's wonderful
grace became more abundant. So just as sin
ruled over all people and brought them to
death, now God's wonderful grace rules
instead, giving us right standing with God
and resulting in eternal life through Jesus
Christ our Lord.
Examine me, O God, and know my mind;
test me, and discover my thoughts.
Find out if there is any evil in me
and guide me in the everlasting way.
Pour out your heart to him,
for God is our refuge.
I am exhausted and completely crushed.
My groans come from an anguished heart.
You know what I long for, Lord;
you hear my every sigh.
If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. As the scripture says, "If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink; for by doing this you will make them burn with shame." Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.
If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day. Don't give the Devil a chance. Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you. Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort. Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.
You have heard the law that says, "Love your neighbor and hate your enemy." But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.