Acts 23 Lesson



Today’s lesson focuses on the power that anger can have over our lives if we do not control our temper.

Satan loves when we get angry, and he uses those moments to wreak havoc on our souls!

The Bible is full of examples of people, and groups of people that let anger get the best of them, including:

  1. The crucifixion of Jesus (Mathew 27:34-50),
  2. The fatal stoning of Stephen (Acts 7:54-60),
  3. Angry crowds seeking to kill the Apostle Paul (Acts 23:12-22).


There are many verses in the Bible about anger.

For today’s lesson, we have highlighted the following five:

  1. “One who is slow to anger has great understanding; But one who is quick-tempered exalts foolishness.” -Proverbs 14:29,
  2. “Do not be eager in your spirit to be angry, for anger resides in the heart of fools.” - Ecclesiastes 7:9,
  3. “Cease from anger and abandon wrath; Do not get upset; it leads only to evil doing.” -Psalm 37:8,
  4. “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” -Proverbs 15:1,
  5. “Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.” - James 1:19-20.


As Christians, it is of paramount importance to oursalvation, that we learn to control our anger.

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he wrote:

  • “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.” - Ephesians 4:26.

There are two parts to this scripture:

  1. “Be angry, and yet do not sin,”
  2. “Do not let the sun go down on your anger.”

The first part of the scripture tells us that we can be angry without sinning. 

The Bible does not say that anger is a sin, it says that “outbursts of anger” are a sin. 

When we become angry, we need to recognize our anger and get in control of our emotions before they escalate to the point of sin. 

The second part of the scripture tells us to not let our anger fester overnight. 

Fortunately for us, there are things that we can do to keep our anger under control like walking away and controlling our tongues.


One of the best ways to control our anger is to simply walk away from a bad situation.

Jesus often left crowds to go to an isolated place and pray

We should do the same.

Once we have distanced ourselves from the source of our anger, we need to replace the negative feelings that we are having with something positive

With a little effort, we can find something positive to think about instead.

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul wrote the following:

  • “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” – Philippians 4:8.

Notice how Paul uses the word “practice” in the above scripture.  

The definition of the word practice is:

  • “The actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method, as opposed to theories relating to it.” (Source: Google Dictionary)

Through isolation, positive thinking, and prayer, we can manage our anger before it causes us to sin. 


  • “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” - Proverbs 15:1.

Our words are powerful!

They can lift others up, but they can also tear them down. 

If we are not careful, our words can cause others to sin and do things they might not otherwise do. 

There is a practical technique that we can apply to our anger called, “Stop, challenge, and choose.”

Before we have an outburst of anger, we need to pause long enough to allow ourselves to calm down. 

Next, we need to challenge ourselves to apply the right scripture to the situation. 

And finally, we need to choose a response that will glorify God and not add fuel to the fire.

  • “Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.” - James 1:19.

When we recognize that we are becoming angry, it is better to bite our tongues than it is to say something we will later regret. 

  • “Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.” –Proverbs 17:28.


God created us, and therefore, He understands that things are going to happen that make us angry. 

That is why He addresses the subject of anger so frequently in the Bible. 

Today’s lesson highlighted three things that we can do to control our anger before it gets out of control:

  1. Not letting the sun go down on our anger. If there is a way to resolve our angry feelings before we go to bed, we should.   The longer we let bad feelings fester, the worse off we are going to be.
  2. Walking away. Sometimes the best thing that we can do is to remove ourselves from a bad situation.
  3. Controlling our tongues. As Christians, we need to choose our words carefully.   Our goal while on earth should be to glorify God and to serve others in all that we do.   Angry words spoken in haste do neither of these things.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture taken from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians:

  • “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.” - Ephesians 4:29.


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1) What did today’s Bible study make you think and feel?
2) How can you apply what you have just learned to something specific that is happening in your life?


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Such good counsel - thank you for this study!

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Anger can be tricky. I cannot afford anger. It separates me from God and steals joy from my soul. I have to pray very strongly that no resentments creep into my spirit. I am not saying angry is wrong, only that it is an emotion I can't afford.

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Anger poison the minds of the parties involved. It is better to learn how to control once anger by remembering the word of God concerning anger.
To do this you have to study the scriptures daily so that your mind will be at peace through the Holy Spirit.