What does the Bible say? What Does the Bible Say About Anger? Anger is an emotion that effects us all. Sometimes we may get angry at someone, and sometimes they may get angry at us. The question is can we control or manage our anger? The Bible has a lot to say about anger.
God ‘s Word reveals there is a good anger, called righteous indignation. Righteous indignation is being angry at what angers God. God the Father gets angry. He was angry with the world during the time of Noah and sent the flood. He was angry at the people of Sodom and Gomorrah and sent fire and brimstone. Jesus, God’s Son gets angry. He was angry with the Pharisees for criticizing His healing of a man on the Sabbath day (Mark 3:1-5). He was angry with the people in the Temple for selling doves and changing money to make profit. And because God is holy, His anger is righteous. We too, should be angry at what angers God. God ‘s Word reveals there is a bad anger, called sinful wrath. One kind of bad anger is resentment. This is clamming up. It is an anger that leads to bitterness, strife and hate. Then there is a bad anger called rage. This is blowing up. It is never ever a healthy emotion. It always leads to bad consequences. Proverbs 14:17a says, “ He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly….;” and Proverbs 29:22 says “An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.” And, there is a bad anger called revenge. This is retaliation, or getting even. It’s an eye for eye, or tooth for tooth attitude. However, Jesus said in Matthew 5:38-39, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Then finally, God’s Word reveals there is a way we can overcome anger. We can and should do this by admitting our problem of anger and repenting. By growing in the Lord. By thinking before we speak or act. And by considering the consequences of our anger. Anger is never good unless it’s righteous; and even then, we must handle and control it the right way. Anger management classes, books, and other resorces are available to help us with anger. Counselors are trained to help. But the greatest source to help us manage and control our emotion of anger, is none other than God Himself through His Word.
Pastor Randall Smith