Friday, March 17, 2006

Is it ever okay to be angry?

Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." - Luke 23:34

How many times a day could we repeat this prayer?

Sin is sad. It is a sign of our faithlessness and that we still buy into some of this world's deceptive ideas.

Often our reaction towards sin is anger. I do not think this is a healthy response. Matt 5:22 tells us "But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment."

James 1:19-20 tell us "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires."

So, is there a time when it is correct for us to remain angry?

4 Comments:

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Bert said...

I believe that it is appropriate to be angry at the devil and the flesh.

Romans 8:7 states that "The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God." Since this is true, shouldn't we be hostile/angry towards thoughts that don't give God glory?

2 Corinthians 10:5
"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."

See this article:
http://www.desiringgod.org/library/sermons/02/040702.html

So, in general I agree with you. When it comes to being angry with others or God, we should be slow to anger. But when it comes to sin, we should be mad as hell!

 
At 4:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notice that it says "slow to anger" ... not, "you're going to hell because you got angry" ...

More appropriately, your question was is it okay to STAY angry .... not and be Christ-like.

Yes, he was angry at the temple merchants, but those same people could come to him and "repent"/apologize and all is well.

Tony Rosen
http://www.us4him.net/blog/

 
At 11:19 PM, Blogger Claire said...

i think we so buy into the world view and non-Christ principals re anger towards other people... "its my right" is often a thought in our head when we are angry... I think we need to humble ourselves and allow God to work.

There is no pat answer and I agree that we should wage an attack against sinfulness, including anger.

Great blog by the way :o)

 
At 10:28 PM, Anonymous Joann said...

What am I supposed to do, keep everything bottled up inside until I explode with rage? If anger is a human emotion, and none of us is perfect, then why should God punish us just for trying to express ourselves? Get real, people! Not all of us has the patience of a Saint, you know, and neither will we ever.

 

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