Is there righteous anger? Ephesians 4:26 says, “Be angry and do not sin.” Righteous anger is being angry at what makes God angry.
But the anger I want to focus on is not of the righteous sort. The reality is that we are a sinful people and what we do in our anger can be (and normally is) sin. Anger makes us do some crazy stuff. It can make us violent, not only physically, but verbally as well. I speak from experience, as I have failed to overcome my anger too many times to count. I am not violent with my hands, but boy do I say some dumb stuff when I’m mad. This is a sin. I am a sinner.
I thank God that He forgives these transgressions.
Ephesians 4:29-32 explains this clearly, saying, “29Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
Anger is such a destructive emotion. If you let it take over in your life, you no longer have room for grace and mercy. There is not one perfect person on this planet, so why are we surprised when someone messes up or does something that makes us angry? I bring this up because it is a daily struggle for me. I pray about these issues numerous times a day.
What an awesome God we serve. We, as Christians, mess up every day, whether it is with the language that we use, acting in our anger, or the thoughts that we have toward others that we may not get along with. Mercifully, Jesus took care of all of those sins long ago on the cross. “IT IS FINISHED!”
Even though we sin every day and make God angry at the sins we commit, He lovingly sent His Son to die for us, and to take away the burden our sins. Thank you Jesus!!!
With all things considered, why be angry?
-Dustin Mistric, MSBC Deacon