Does God Get Angry?
Did you grow up in a home where you were taught it is a sin to be angry? Perhaps you were reprimanded with harsh tones: “Don’t you be angry. Don’t you know it is a sin to be angry?” Of course you did not want to be sinful, but maybe found yourself angry frequently. If you begin reading through your Bible you will notice that anger is a predominant emotion in the Pentateuch. Surprisingly, anger is mentioned most frequently in relation to God! How could this be if it is a sin to be angry? God cannot sin!
Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,Ps. 2:12 NLT
and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
for his anger flares up in an instant.
But what joy for all who take refuge in him!
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO ME?
God does give us directives for handling our anger if the offending party is a Christian. Matthew 18:15–17 provides guidelines on how to address the situation.
If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.Matt. 18:15–17
Lord, when I am angry, please help me not to sin. Remind me to think about these things quietly as I go to bed. I know I must do what is right as a sacrifice to You. I trust You, Lord. . . .Ps. 4:4–5
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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