Bible Study Outline on Frustration

What is Frustration?

Frustration is an upset or annoyed feeling that can occur to a person when he failed to get what he want. From time to time, we can get frustrated for different reasons. Christians will still face problems. In John 16:33, Jesus said in this world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer because he has already overcome the world. Since Jesus has already overcome the world, we can live a victorious life when we abide and trust in him. In Revelation 3:21, to those who overcome, God will give the right to sit with him on his throne, just as he overcame and sat down with the Father on his throne. In Revelation 12:11, we overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb and word of testimony and did not love our lives so much unto death.


Is Frustration a Sin?

Frustration can be a sin if you are frustrated for wanting something that is a sin. For example, if you are feeling frustrated and angry because your parents did not buy you something you want, you are sinning because you are coveting. You also sin when you get frustrated because things did not turn out to be the way you wanted. Instead, we should trust in God’s plan. In Jeremiah 29:11-13, God know the thoughts he think toward you, thoughts of peace, not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then, when you call upon God, you should go and pray to him and he will hear you. You shall seek God and find him when you search for him with all your heart.


Frustration can also not be a sin if it is for a righteous reason but you should not be frustrated for too long because feeling frustrated for a long time is a sin. For example, you may be frustrated over your children because of their disappointing behaviors. In Ephesians 4:26, be angry yet do not sin. You should not let the sun do down upon your wrath. In Psalm 4:4, don’t sin when you are angry. Instead, you should be still and commune with your own heart when on your bed.


Feeling frustration and anger for a long period of time will open way for the devil to come into your life. In James 1:20, the wrath of man does not bring about God’s righteousness. In whatever circumstances, we must deal it calmly with the wisdom of God. In James 3:17-18, the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be intreated, full of mercy, good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. People that bear the fruit of righteousness always make peace and not fight. In 2 Timothy 2:24-25, God’s servant must not strive but be gentle and patient and instruct those who oppose in meekness so that they will come into repentance and acknowledge the truth.


When you are frustrated and angry, you must stay calm and not throw your temper by scolding, beating people, throwing things or etc. In Matthew 5:22, Jesus said whosoever is angry with is brother for no reason will be in danger of judgment and whosoever say Raca to his brother shall be in danger of the council. But whosoever rebuked someone as a fool will be in danger of hell fire.


God Can Help You to Overcome Your Frustration


In Matthew 11:28, Jesus said all who labor and heavy laden and God will give you rest.  Instead of feeling frustrated over your problem, you should surrender your problem to God and let him help you. In 1 Peter 5:7, we should cast all anxieties on God because he cares for us. In Proverbs 3:6, in all our ways, we should acknowledge God. In James 1:19, we should be swift to hear,s low to speak and slow to wrath.


Many God’s promises for people who are facing frustrating situations in their lives can be found in the Bible. In Isaiah 41:10, we should not fear or be dismayed because God will strengthen us and uphold us with his hand of righteousness. In Psalm 34:18, God is near to those who are of a broken heart and contrite spirit. In Philippians 4:7, the peace of God which passes all understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Jesus Christ. In 1 John 4:4, we are of God and have overcome the world because greater is he in you, than he that is in the world. In Joshua 1:9, we should be strong and courageous, not afraid or dismayed because God is with you wherever you go.