Anger and the Immune System

“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil.” – Psalm 37:8
A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.” – Proverbs 12:16
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” – Proverbs 12:18
A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.” – Proverbs 14:16


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1.  There is such a thing as righteous anger, and there certainly is a time when it is appropriate and necessary to express anger

2.  However, the Bible does warn us against being in a state of wrath all the time

3.  Research has shown a direct connection between being constantly angry and early heart disease

  • For example, recent research shows that men with poor anger management skills are more likely to suffer a heart attack prior to age 55 than their more emotionally controlled peers
  • A separate study indicated that a subject’s hostility ratings (how hostile and irritable they tend to act towards others) was actually a better predictor of heart disease than other known risk factors (such as cholesterol, alcohol intake, cigarette smoking and being overweight
  • Not surprisingly, high blood pressure (hypertension) levels are also directly related to anger and hostility levels. 1