Two Emotions You Can Calm for Better Judgment Using the Bible

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Getting emotional can cloud anyone’s judgment and can lead to very poor decision-making. The Bible offers sound advice for dealing with these emotions. Here are Scriptures to memorize for creating a calm attitude.

Everyone gets emotional; the Bible can help

Everyone gets emotional at times. It’s part of being human. But emotions can cloud our judgment, preventing us from making the best decisions, especially amid stressful situations. However, those who handle the pressure the best in life are those who can manage their emotions.

Luckily, one of the world’s oldest books is also one of the best self-help books: The Bible.

The following are two emotions that can cause us problems that the Bible can provide helpful advice for learning to manage better and control.

  1. Anger

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;”

– James 1:19

The most troublesome emotion of all is anger. Unchecked, and at its worst, it can lead to irreparable harm, imprisonment, or death. As the Bible notes:

“Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.”

–Psalm 37:8

When we’re angry, we tend to react emotionally, not always thinking before we speak or act.

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

–Proverbs 15:1

One of the best things we can do when angry is nothing at all. Don’t say anything or take any action. Focus on becoming calm first so your emotions won’t cloud your judgment.

If a kind word cannot be offered, it is often best to say nothing at all.

We also must not hold on to anger. Not only does it harm others, but ourselves as well.

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,”

–Ephesians 4:26

Don’t go to bed angry at someone. Forgive one another and resolve your anger.

  1. Irritability

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

–Proverbs 29:11

We all have bad days when things aren’t going right or when we aren’t feeling our best. However, we should not take out our misery on others. We can make bad decisions when we’re irritable, such as saying things we will later regret.

The mixture of stress and irritability is like mixing gasoline and a lit match – the result can be explosive. At a lower level, some people go through life constantly irritated by everyone and everything, incessantly complaining.

The key ingredient that pacifies irritability is patience.

“A man’s insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense.”

– Proverbs 19:11

If someone was irritable and took it out on us – we wouldn’t like it. Therefore, we shouldn’t do it either.

The Bible reminds us to apply Jesus’ command that we treat and love one another as we would like to be treated (Luke 6:31).

We should always strive to be loving and kind to other people. We don’t know what kind of a day they are having, what is going on with them personally, or how they may be hurting.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

– 1 Corinthians 13:4-5