Summary: This message focuses on righteous anger.
Anger Part 2
This is part two of my series on Anger. In my message last week, I shared with you the harmful effects that anger, especially repressed anger, can have on us mentally and physically. We have been told that anger is a good thing if channeled correctly. For example, anger can make you more competitive in sports or make you try harder in school in some situations. However, what I want you to remember from last week is whether our anger is righteous (justified) or not, if it is not dealt with, the end impact on us personally is the same. Our body and mind cannot differentiate between righteous and unrighteous anger so we must always be ready to deal with it quickly.
This morning we will take a closer look at righteous anger (those things that would anger God and should anger us.) As we examine this type of anger I hope that you will see that our anger does not always line up with God’s even though we think our anger is righteous (justified.) As you think about God’s anger, remember that God’s character limits Him so that He can only act within His own character. This means that God can only do that which is holy, just, and right. When we accept this fact we must also accept that this means that whatever God does is right. Now, because anger and jealousy are frequently attributed to God in the Bible, we must agree that not all anger and jealousy are evil. Human anger may often be sinful, both in origin and expression, but divine anger is an always righteous anger. Human jealousy is most often a vice, rather than a virtue, but when God is jealous it is a righteous jealousy. As children of God, if we are trying to imitate Him there will be times when we should be angry. So let’s look at a few examples that speak directly to the core of what really angers God.
What Angers God the Father
Romans 1:18: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”
Romans 2:5: “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.”
Ephesians 5:6: “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”
These verses clearly show that God’s anger is stirred when the actions of men goes against His will and His word, especially as it relates to how we treat one another. As I said earlier, while God is a very loving and forgiving God He still must act according to His character. Therefore, if He has made it possible for man to make his own decisions then God must honor those decisions even if that means that man will suffer His wrath. The things that anger God are those things that go against His expressed word. When we choose of our own free will to violate His word, especially when we know what His word says, that angers God. When we mistreat others, as “children of God’, that angers God. When we want things our way in our selfishness and refuse to walk in love and forgiveness that angers God! These things anger our God because He above all else is a loving, compassionate God. This same mentality exists within Jesus. Consider the following Scriptures: