Many men and women of God in the Bible felt the feeling of anger. Mosses and Elisha are examples for this. Mosses didn’t have to break the stone tablets in which the ten commandments of God were written. He was compeled to do it when he saw the Israelites sinning and worshiping idols instead of the most fearsome God while he was away for a while to receive the 10 commandments from God. Elisha cursed those children who had called him baldy and they all died by an attack from wild animal.
And as we see on the Bible 2 Kings 5, Elisha was so much angry that he cursed Gehazi to get Naaman skin disease since Ghazi got what he wanted using Elisha’s name as a means of begging.
The causes of all these angers have a good root in the Word of God and are meant to be holy anger.
That is why the Bible tells us to be angry in fact fiercely angry burning for the righteousness of God and his holy temple. Jesus was angry when he saw those people doing business in God’s temple. He became so angry that he forcefully made everyone to leave who was doing business and threw away anything out that shouldn’t belong inside God’s house.
All of these instances show holy anger and there is nothing wrong to be angry. What makes it wrong is the wrong decision we take after we become angry. Those unwholesome things we say and we do. Those terrible things we do onto others without the consent of God. Those extremely unnecessary things we lean our heart in to out of frustration and desperation.
It is true that we will force to do these things unless we take self-control and come to our real selves. This doesn’t mean that we should get angry for every little things we experience every day.
This doesn’t mean that we need to be hot and defensive and unkind to others when they offend us a little bit. The things we do and we think should be meant for the benefit of others and not for us.
What we do should be to please God and not our selves. Our God is able to analyze and finally judge our motives for anger and our actions we take against that.
When Paul summarize everything in one verse, he said
Ephesians 4:26 - Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath
This means that we shouldn’t let the devil take advantage of the situation that we are angry on loved once. He knows how to snatch them and that is when you are very angry and do something really unnecessary to do or say something that will really break their heart.
Hence they may think what you say is true and that they have no favor in your eyes. They may feel unloved and they may think you as inconsiderate and selfish person who cannot understand other people who make contributions to a common good.
So it is ok to get angry once in a while depending on the importance of the matter and become hot and passionate about things that is of the kingdom of God.
But it is not on our favor when we stay angry for a long time that others may think they are not loved and cared for when they needed it most.
We are living in a very dynamic world where things don’t stay the same the way we expect them to be.
Children grow very fast and as parents we have to adopt ourselves to that.
Wife or husbands may have gone through serious physiological, psychological and spiritual changes and we need to be always there for them no matter what changes they are going through.
These are verses in the Bible that we should learn from and change from our way of getting angry:
Ephesians 4:31 - Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Colossians 3:8 - But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communic
tion out of your mouth.
Colossians 3:21 - Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.