By Linda Mihalic

  Anger is a sudden violent feeling of displeasure over injury, disobedience, etc., accompanied by a retaliatory impulse; it easily becomes excessive, and its manifestation is generally accompanied by a loss of self-control.
  Synonyms for anger include: vexation, indignation, resentment, wrath, ire, choler, rage, fury, passion, displeasure, dudgeon, irritation, gall, bile, and spleen. Vexation is the least forcible of these words, expressing the annoyance and impatient chafing of one whose mood has been crossed, whose expectations have not been realized, etc. Indignation may be the most high-minded and unselfish; it is intense feeling in view of grossly unworthy conduct, whether toward one’s self or toward others. The other words denote almost exclusively feeling excited by the sense of personal injury. Resentment is the broadest in its meaning, denoting the instinctive and proper recoil of feeling when one is injured, and often a deep and bitter brooding over past wrongs, with a consequent hatred and settled desire for vengeance; it is, in the latter sense, the coolest and most permanent of these feelings. Wrath and ire express sudden feeling of great power, and are often associated with the notion of the superiority of the person. They are often the result of wounded pride. Ire is poetic. Wrath has also an exalted sense, expressive of a lofty indignation visiting justice upon wrong-doing. Rage is an outburst of anger, with little or no self-control; fury is even more violent than rage, rising almost to madness. The chief characteristic of choler is quickness to rise; it is irascibility, easily breaking into a high degree of resentful feeling.Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

“Emotion sits at the intersection of your physical chemistry and sympathetic nervous system function.”—Linda Mihalic

  Emotion sits at the intersection of your physical chemistry and your sympathetic nervous system, which triggers the fight/flight complex. Edna Lister said that you have five seconds in which to take command of your body’s chemical and nervous systems to choose what your response will be. Otherwise, you let the impulsive appetitive soul have control of your consciousness and reactions. Anger reveals a soul taint, while regularly indulging in anger is a sin. Anger is a distillation of resentment, impatience and irritation, which the self combines into a stew of anger-potential that flares under the slightest provocation. Thwarted self-will and ego incite anger, which is a sure sign that rational soul is not in charge. When you feel anger, a soul taint is rearing its head. When you act on that anger, you sin. Offer the anger to God and ask for illumination on its root within you, for you must conquer the self.

Edna Lister on Anger

Anger permeates the aura, changes its color and vibration, drags you down and all those whom you contact. By the exchange of life sparks [the smallest unit of substance, soul substance] in anger, you open yourself to infection.–Edna Lister, January 16, 1933

Anyone who allows himself to be angry is open to being used by darkness.–Edna Lister, January 30, 1933

Anger fills you with hell-consciousness, and you put yourself in the "house of bondage," in a prison of self, behind invisible bars.–Edna Lister, January 31, 1933

The Lord ordered Gideon to tear down the altar of Baal and cut down the pagan grove on his father’s land. By doing so, he greatly angered the neighboring Midianites and Amalekites. The lesson in this is clear. When you tear down false gods, you offend their worshipers, who turn on you. Today’s false gods are materialistic and hedonistic, and their worshipers indulge appetitive soul.–Edna Lister, This One Thing I Do, February 12, 1933

Anger is a direct line of contact between you and the other person or object of your anger.–Edna Lister, Power, March 8, 1934

Spirit is a flame of life and Light. Quickened into anger, it becomes blazing hate, when it should be the blazing flame of glory.–Edna Lister, Divine Intelligence, November 23, 1934

If you are lavish in condemnation, criticism, gossip, anger and impatience toward God, yourself and others, you create soul debts. Yet you must cover tomorrow’s needs, and the evil you may have created by unwisely spending your soul substance today.–Edna Lister, The Eleventh Commandment, November 24, 1935

When you judge another unjustly, you send a part of your own soul on a pilgrimage of darkness, and it may take centuries to recall it. If you express in anger or blindly make unjust accusations, you tear off a precious part of your soul and cast it into darkness. Even when the one accused is wrong, God wipes out his debt when he grieves about what he did or said, and sacrifices for the hurt and grief he caused. Why then, by your speech, put him in a place you yourself should occupy? Let us forbear with one another. To "bear for" is its meaning. Vow never to cause a tear in another eye, or a hurt look on the face of one of God’s children. No justification is worth that.–Edna Lister, July 24, 1938

Anger grows from irritation, impatience, and the desire to retaliate.–Edna Lister, August 1, 1945

Lift the persons who have despitefully used you. Every time you talk about them, you disturb them. The vibrations of the spoken Word are real. When you speak ill of someone, you grieve or anger them. If they speak ill of you, do not pity your self. You have not been used or treated worse than anyone else. Everybody goes through about the same testings, one way or another. Every soul must suffer to know God. It is the only way back to Him.–Edna Lister, August 12, 1945

A vitriolic tongue and judgmental condemnation will create all you say carelessly and in anger.–Edna Lister, January 14, 1947

“All anger arises from thwarted will or desire in the appetitive soul.”–Edna Lister

Today’s answers are in a book that opens to your grateful praise. You can see, read and understand those answers for which you have praised enough. In other words, it does no good to become angry because you cannot find the answers in the back of the book. The keys to deciphering today’s problems are on today’s page. The rest isn’t there; you can’t see it, for you’ve not yet made yourself ready.–Edna Lister, Promises Fulfilled, March 4, 1948

Using anger as a weapon when you cannot have your own way is a form of darkness that smacks of downright evil. Misuse of Power as anger ruins your vibration and destroys the lines of Light between souls. You exalt the one whom you have condemned. Further, you destroy the lines of Light God has built for your ascension. In one hour’s madness, you can use all your vitality as anger, rebellion, resentment, and condemnation.–Edna Lister, April 19, 1948

Treat your loved ones as newborns. When a baby is angry, you mother it. Now look, this is quite enough. Let’s treat one another amiably. The Golden Rule is all you need to do is to make a valid stand.–Edna Lister, June 15, 1948

You can either explode with hate, resentment and anger because you did not get what you want, or use the keynote, Let! and explode into creativity.–Edna Lister, Getting or Letting, Self or Soul? June 27, 1948

Light not only absorbs darkness, but leaves the soul naked and exposed. Therefore, those who have lost their magnetic robe-of-self will always accuse the ascending soul of stealing his virtue. He must accuse another or acknowledge his own selfishness. God must have someone to stir up the evil. You can’t see mud that settles or mop up hidden evil.
  When God releases greater Light as Power it agitates some souls beyond their ability to bear it, making those who will not give up self crazily angry at those who are surrendering self to conquer it. This is why so much hate is directed at anyone whose Light is unbearable.–Edna Lister, January 31, 1949

Cleanse your mind and heart of all enemy thoughts. Assume blame for anything that has happened to you in the past. The law of forgiveness is the greatest aid in this: "Forgive me, Father, for arousing the other fellow to anger."—Edna Lister, July 2, 1949

It takes only half a brain cell to become angry; a jelly fish can get mad, but this is creature consciousness. Those who believe the world owes them a living are creatures. A creature likes to think he has so much to fight about. A creator is too busy working to waste time on anger.
  Inner pressure builds when you feel hurt. Open the pressure relief valve and step up to where criticism cannot hurt you. Emotional hurts make many people angry. Soothe and calm the angered one with Light until glory covers and dissipates his anger.–Edna Lister, To Seek the Light, June 10, 1951

Moses had to turn the realization of the Promised Land over to Joshua because he became angry. He had no right to even one personal feeling when he broke the tablets of law. He was the way-shower, so his work had to be greater than breaking the tablets, so he kept the law and accepted the penalty for his anger. His repentance and subsequent sacrifice of the Promised Land ascended him.–Edna Lister, June 14, 1951.

Whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.—Matthew 5:22 means that anger, slander, gossip and hate can kill, rendering you subject to the judgment. Every time you raise your voice in criticism, anger or ridicule, you invest soul substance in that person or condition.
  Anger is dangerous to your health: Anger is a killer that slashes the aura, attacks the weakest physical point of its target, creates the climate for disease, and the body may die. Anger reacts on more than the physical plane; it kills hope, love, the positive virtues and is a perfect way of slowly destroying yourself.–Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951

In judgment, or so-called righteous indignation, you put on the black cloak of death by killing a vibration forcefully, and destroy your credits.–Edna Lister, June 21, 1951

The use of force in any way is a sin against the Holy Spirit. When you use Mind, Substance and Power as force, you must pay a debt for it. No one can be freed from debts of force. For example, you use Power as force with pride, criticism, irritation, anger, etc. The law must send every particle of force back through your body to be lifted. You can declare that Light will melt and dissolve every black cloud, but not points of force.–Edna Lister, July 19, 1951

When you are in the heart of wave after wave of Light as Power, it seems to drive the anger, and revenge ideas to the surface. Lift them.–Edna Lister, November 7, 1951

You use Mind as thinking, but when your thinking is negative, you separate Mind from Power and Substance, creating force. When another explodes in anger at you, the Father uses his point of force to absorb the darkness. The point strikes and you lift the rest. The heat of God’s love explodes evil.–Edna Lister, August 31, 1952

Even righteous anger severs your conscious contact with Light.–Edna Lister, The Magic in the Sky, October 5, 1952

You can break the habit of anger in anyone with one look. Ask for the flames of the Holy Spirit to descend and possess him. See him as a rare animal during his rage, and just look and lift.–Edna Lister, December 18, 1952

Use only your moment of highest exaltation in love and devotion as your measuring rod to compare each action. Exchange anger for the point of melting surrender, since it is an equal distance to either point, high or low. This creates your conquering courage.–Edna Lister, June 3, 1953

You dug a ditch many lives ago, which you have not filled yet. Consequently, you keep falling into it every month: The same old self-justification, blame everybody else to make ‘em wrong so I can be right. Then you used self-righteous anger to cover up your own failure to dig out all self forever. You are now in your own right place doing God’s right work for you now. If this were not so, you’d certainly be somewhere else. This is law. Polish yourself right where you are now.–Edna Lister, August 13, 1953

Only under anger and resentment do you fall to the chamber of chaos, the bottomless pit.–Edna Lister, Seven Degrees in the Great Pyramid, November 30, 1954

When another is angry, see him step into a sphere of Light and watch the anger disappear as he forgets it.–Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 14, 1955

Slavery is bowing to a master or an enemy; be on guard that you do not become a slave to opinions, prejudices, pride, hatred, anger, self-pity, food, drugs or drink.–Edna Lister, Religious Slavery or Freedom? November 27, 1955

Raise your arms at once under anger or any great surge of negative emotion. The sudden surge closes the lotus petals, but raising your arms in surrender to contact God reopens them with a burst of atomic power.–Edna Lister, November 28, 1955

Every incident of anger, resentment and irritation uses more of your soul substance.–Edna Lister, April 14, 1956

You blow up in temper, use the ax or the lash, from a deep-rooted revenge idea, born of desiring to avenge yourself on your enemies. Ponder this, and make suitable self sacrifice.–Edna Lister, July 20, 1956

To say, I have never held a thought of revenge opens the door to past anger you may have forgotten.–Edna Lister, Go Preach the Gospel, July 22, 1956

Boredom is mental and spiritual laziness, a lack of inspiration and aspiration, and it fuels anger and resentment.–Edna Lister, December 15, 1956

When someone throws backstabbing, angry words, wind your line of Light to him like a ball of yarn, and put it on the altar. Sit thou on My right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.—Psalm 110:1, Matthew 22:44. Call it good and God sends a footstool. As you lift your lines of Light, the Father places a cloud substance footstool under your feet.–Edna Lister, June 6, 1957

God never records any stupid vow you make in anger, revulsion, repudiation or resentment, but the subconscious mind plagues you with guilt until you lift it.–Edna Lister, The Brain, Your Instrument of Power, September 24, 1957

I’m angry. I’m hurt. I’m is a contraction of I AM. With every such utterance, you clutter your mind, speech and the very atmosphere around you with curses.
  When you yield to enemies, you yield to anger that will serve you poisoned apples and spoiled gravy.
  You are cleaning up your soul debts in this incarnation. When you are angry at someone or speak unkindly of him, you stamp your picture on his aura.–Edna Lister, God as All the Little Things, November 24, 1957

If you descend in consciousness on anger, criticism, resentment, etc., you descend in the body. Do not alibi. Take the blame. Admit guilt and lift it high instantly.–Edna Lister, February 4, 1958

Lift your anger so the Light will descend your spinal column with the adrenalin, to illuminate.–Edna Lister, March 13, 1958

A real sacrifice is to recognize that you are angry when afraid, and lift it immediately. The adrenaline will trigger the white Christ Light to surround you and the heavens will open to you.—May 22, 1958

When God is indignant, it means it is time for you to pay your debts.–Edna Lister, Revelation: The Beast With Ten Horns, June 10, 1958

I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.—Matthew 5:39. Jesus taught the turn the other cheek law to the masses. When you walk the Path of Perfection, you may not permit self to be hurt, angered or resentful. You may see negative words or acts only as darkness to lift. If you take nothing as a personal affront to the little self, you will not need to turn the other cheek. Yet we must still teach the turn the other cheek method in training and lifting self to those not yet walking the Path of Perfection.–Edna Lister, June 28, 1958

Subconscious mind cannot discern the difference between righteous indignation and passing judgment. Self-control is like a pressure cooker: The lid you put on temper can blow off under mere self-control. When you pass judgment in anger, you sit in the seat of the Almighty. When you declare that another is wrong, your judgment goes no farther than your own record and the room you occupy.–Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959

Kindness cannot endure in the face of its opposite, anger, which exudes a poison that directly targets the weakest spot in your body.
  Anger eats on children like acid on metal and causes a congestion in the cells that can erupt immediately or even five years later.–Edna Lister, Idealization, May 10, 1959

Chronically angry people are unhappy and have crystallized their resentment and bitterness into a volcano of selfishness and thwarted desires. They always blame the one who opens their cellar door, and use any excuse to deny the truth revealed.–Edna Lister, May 11, 1959

The Elect are peculiar: They do not like to fight, and feel that if they ignore a problem, it will disappear. This would be true if they lifted the problem and all those associated with it into the Light first.–Edna Lister, May 14, 1959

When you curse in anger or hate, you use your own soul substance.–Edna Lister, Manifestation, May 24, 1959.

If you are filled with anger, hatred, resentment, opinions or prejudice, Light cannot water the brain cells in your Garden of Eden. Thus you starve your mental bounty into a dried pea rattling in its pod—Edna Lister, God as Personality and Principle, June 9, 1959

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.—Matthew 5:9. Become a peacemaker and pacemaker so you can turn the anger of a professed enemy into wise counsel.–Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 20, 1959

If you are dilatory about lifting your misused soul substance, it may form an entity, a black cloud of darkened soul substance that may envelop you when you give in to criticism, envy, rebellion, anger, etc. You can diagnose it in another when they usually seem normal but suddenly go haywire or off-base in anger.–Edna Lister, December 17, 1959

God never records any stupid or silly vow you make in anger, revulsion, repudiation or resentment.–Edna Lister, January 28, 1960

When you begin to slip with sharp words, anger or resentment, you upset your coordination with harmony.–Edna Lister, How Can I Help Myself? May 31, 1960

So-called righteous anger is more dangerous than personal anger because it carries more force.–Edna Lister, June 27, 1960

Some people, when they are angry or upset, build a magnetic wall of force around themselves. Pour out love enough to melt that wall.–Edna Lister, July 12, 1960

Righteous indignation is good, if you really are righteous and cut off the indignation.–Edna Lister, November 27, 1961.

Parents anger their children when they don’t live up to the ideals they preach.–Edna Lister, What Is Compassion? May 6, 1962.

(President Richard Nixon had cursed at a press conference.) God used him to cut hatred and treachery from crystallized hearts and minds through the nation. This was a great cleansing of the press [media]. They gloated, glad he had disgraced and made a fool of himself. Thus, they opened themselves to the negative pole of a joy vibration, and the Master then cleaned house, reducing their influence.
  God does not make a disintegrator, but He will use one who acts as such. (A woman in the group was outraged at the press attacks on Nixon, and her anger brought the darkness together as a cloud entity to be lifted. Between Nixon and her, the Father used the masculine and feminine vibrations to cleanse men and women on earth.)
  The law of anger releases evil, although it is the use of force, and one must pay a debt for expressing it. He who starts the thing sits on the blister. Personal desire for self aggrandizement gets them into trouble at the beginning. When another is angry about that anger — whether expressed through criticism, condemnation, recrimination, voicing it or writing about it — the Father uses this expression to consolidate all the first anger into a cloud entity to be lifted and cleansed. It is a dark force cleansed by pure Light. Anger misuses Power as force.–Edna Lister, November 26, 1962

A fanatic zealot is an amalgam of anger, a holier than thou attitude of self-righteous intolerance, self-appointed to hunt for evil and wipe it out to satisfy the desire to make the world perfect and eradicate anyone who deviates from divine law.–Edna Lister, June 7, 1963

(Someone had asked what to do about anger.) If you are following the Christ on the Path of Ascension, you may not take in anything that deals with personal disturbance, you may not recognize anything that disturbs — hate or anger — in the other fellow. To you, it is not there.–Edna Lister, July 8, 1963

When you must take up the knife and speak the Word to divide light from darkness, make sure no anger or force resides in you. Otherwise, it will return to you, without being lifted. The little bits of selfishness that each permits to remain allow darkness to enter. Lift the bits.–Edna Lister, September 5, 1963

Watch carefully that no belligerency tinges your voice. It is so easy to have a bit of cheekiness, yet it may ruin everything that you have done for months in a day. Be alert to when you slip; apologize and be sorry. Acknowledge it and lift. Watch your tone of voice when speaking as you monitor your words when writing. Allow no trace of thinking about self. Do your best. Declare only good.–Edna Lister, September 15, 1963

Do not tempt another to anger, involve yourself with his anger, or take it into yourself. This is a great law. When another curses, lift instantly and remain in Light. Declare everything about it good to lift the past. You may not entertain any hurt feelings, self-blame or self-criticism. Always lift the curses and substance the angry one scatters, to return it wholly to the Light. If anything in you blames or criticizes, he will remember it, and reopen the cesspool.
  Forgive and stop blaming others. You are your own delay when you hold onto such a cesspool of self. Excuses go hand in hand with blame, resentment, and repudiation. It takes a month of devotion and prayer to overcome five minutes of interfering with his anger. Interference with his choices evokes waves of resentment from past ages and displays only your own self-aggrandizing self-righteousness.–Edna Lister, September 16, 1963

"When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place."—Matthew 6:6. To enter your room and close the door means to close out the sound of outer noise. The second step is to exclude emotional "sound waves," the pull of others’ feelings, sorrow, anger or emotional pain. Then, close out their mental sound waves, their conflicting or demanding thoughts.–Edna Lister, Eternal Youth Through Breathing, October 21, 1965

Speak emphatically on the right things at the right time, not when you are angry or irritated. Be emphatic with the love of God.–Edna Lister, January 27, 1966

You hang onto anger or resentment because you enjoy it, or you would give it up. You discard what you really dislike. Ignore whatever is ailing you; climb to the clouds to conquer.–Edna Lister, December 15, 1966

Do not allow anyone who gets hotly angry to force you into a decision or response without proper prayer and solicitation of advice from the Father. If possible, defer any real action until you have a green light.–Edna Lister, June 7, 1968.

Anger merges darkness into a cloud entity for pure Light to cleanse.–Edna Lister, Conversion and Mysticism, June 9, 1968

The Adept learns that control is the first step in soul conquering, and begins the process by controlling negative expressions — emotional jags, anger, etc.–Edna Lister, From Osiris and Isis to the Pyramids, October 22, 1968

Divine compassion needs no words for expression — it is from above. A glance sends forth compassionate restraint, needing no words when you think, This person needs help. A kind glance penetrates his anger or irritation, while he can usually block a glare from his mind.–Edna Lister, January 2, 1970

Every incident of anger, resentment and irritation uses more of your soul substance.–Edna Lister, May 20, 1971

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Treatments for Anger

Surround the person with whom you are angry in love; take a deep breath, see the Master standing with him, and say, I pour out the power of thy love, O Lord.—Edna Lister, The Sermon on the Mount, January 31, 1933

When another is angry, see him step into a sphere of Light and watch the anger disappear as he forgets it.–Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 14, 1955

Raise your arms at once under anger or any negative emotion, and your surrender will maintain your contact with God.–Edna Lister, November 28, 1955

When you’ve had enough, say, This is enough. If you want to act like a savage, go ahead. I love you, and I’ll put my arms around you when you have finished.—Edna Lister, February 28, 1957

To cure a sharp tongue, stand before the mirror with your tongue out until it drips honey.–Edna Lister, February 4, 1960

The heat of anger welds the soul records to the physical body cells. To treat similar vibrations, caused by strokes and hardened arteries, the person must loosen the soul records in the neurons from the outer physical where he has welded them, and to draw the platelets to the medulla oblongata. The majority of platelets are frozen in arteries [arterial plaque], and in some cases in varicose veins. Platelets clinging to arteries cause crystallized shrinking arteries and softening arteries [coronary artery disease and aneurysms].–Edna Lister, December 9, 1965

A peacemaker is a catalyst; when a peacemaker enters a room, the quarreling stops. Broadcast, Let there be Light in the middle of anger and curses.–Edna Lister, Do You Follow Your Path of Destiny, December 4, 1966

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Stories That Illustrate Anger

Cain and Abel: And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
  And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
  And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; when thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.—Genesis 4:1-12.

Meribah, the Waters of Strife and Moses’ Anger: Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there. And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the Lord! And why have ye brought up the congregation of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there? And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.
  And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto them. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.
  And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.
  And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, "Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them." This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the Lord, and He was sanctified in them.—Numbers 20:1-13

They [the tribes of Israel] angered Him [the Lord] also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes: Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.—Psalm 106:32-33

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Whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.—Matthew 5:22

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.—Ephesians 4:31-32

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Old Testament on Anger

He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly.—Proverbs 14:17

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.—Proverbs 15:1

A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.—Proverbs 15:18

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.—Proverbs 16:32

The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.—Proverbs 19:11

Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous.—Proverbs 27:4

An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.—Proverbs 29:22

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Anger in Other Sacred Writings

Do not rise up in anger at the presence of an injurious person, lest he lie in wait to entrap you in your words.—Wisdom of Ben Sirach 8:11

It is much better to reprove, than to be angry secretly: and he who confesses his fault shall be preserved from hurt.—Wisdom of Ben Sirach 20:2

As the impulse of anger against evil, so is the impulse of joy over what is lovely, and brings in of its fruits without restraint.—Odes of Solomon 7:1

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Edna Miriam Lister
The original Pioneering Mystic,
Christian Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of anger: Latin angō (squeeze, choke, vex). Ancient Greek ἄγχω (ankhō, I squeeze, strangle); Hebrew to strangle.

Anger indicates a soul taint.

Anger regularly indulged is a sin.


Anyone can become angry—that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way—this is not easy.—Aristotle

When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.—Thomas Jefferson

Whate’er is begun in anger, ends in shame.—Benjamin Franklin


Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics. W. D. Ross, trans. New York: Random House, 1941.

Browning, Robert. The Paracelsus of Robert Browning, 1812-1889; Denison, Christina Pollock, ed. New York: Baker & Taylor, 1911, p. 88.

Franklin, Benjamin. Poor Richard’s Almanac. Waterloo, IA: U.S.C. Publishing Co., 1914, no. 468, 46.

Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2023.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

Jefferson, Thomas. Letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, February 21, 1825.

Liddell, H. G. and Robert Scott. A Greek-English Lexicon. rev. by Sir Henry Stuart Jones, Roderick McKenzie. Oxford. Clarendon Press. 1940. Dictionary. 2023

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, editor. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1981.

The Oxford English Dictionary: Compact Ed., 2 vols. Oxford University Press, 1971.

Smith, B. E. and W. D. Whitney. The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia. New York: The Century Co., 1911.

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