From the You Verison Devotional – Anger: The good, the bad, the destructive

Evidence for Good Anger

How can we be sure there’s such a thing as good anger?

First the Bible says, “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity” (Eph. 4:26-27).

The phrase “be angry” is one that many people don’t expect to find in the Bible. The apostle Paul, who wrote these words to the Ephesians, knew that anger is an inevitable part of life. But he’s not merely acknowledging the inevitable. Paul is stating that it’s entirely acceptable—perhaps even desirable—for a person to feel anger. But it must be aimed at godly goals. The apostle clearly recognized that not all anger is related to negative or sinful expression and that some anger can be good.

Second, the Bible has nearly 500 references to anger. In 350 of those instances, the one who is angry is God.

If our heavenly Father gets angry, then there must be good anger, because God doesn’t sin.

So what did the Lord get angry about?

Repeatedly, He told His people they were not to worship idols (Lev. 26:1). God made it very clear to the Hebrews that they were His chosen people (Deut. 14:2). He expressed His love for them repeatedly and was jealous for their sole affection and worship. The Lord had protected and provided for His people, and He longed for their willful obedience so that He might bless them even more. The truth is God neither winks at nor overlooks sin. The Father sees our sin, and because He’s holy and righteous, He can’t reward or bless those who are sinful. He knows that sin puts people in bondage, leading to suffering and death. God longs to free His people from that bondage and put them on a path to life at its very best.

For these reasons, the Lord was strong in His commands to the people regarding their fidelity and loyalty to Him. Some of the angriest words from God are against those who disobey His command against idolatry (Ez. 36:18).

Throughout the Bible, our heavenly Father is most angry not at specific individuals but at situations and behaviors that affect His kingdom on earth and His plan for the redemption of mankind. God was, is, and always will be angry at sin. But He loves each of us individually and longs to free His children from the bondage of sin.

Author: myspiritualjourney

This is my journey to strengthening my relationship with Jesus Christ & to discover the true purpose of my life. According to my Mother, I have always been a spiritual person. However, when I look back in my life, I didn’t follow God’s word. A few years ago, I had an eye opening experience that lead me on this path to grow closer to Jesus. During this time, I went through a traumatic divorce. I felt like I lost the respect of my son & daughter. I lost my career. I lost most of my materialistic, worldly items. BUT GOD! I didn’t lose Jesus. I actually found Him. I found the person that had always been there for me. In the past 5 years, I have been healed from so many things when I gave my life to Jesus. He blessed me with a husband I never thought I would deserve. My kids tell & show me that the love & respect me. I was giving the responsibility of helping raise 2 beautiful daughters. Plus, I was blessed in so many other ways, as well. In the midst of my blessings, I have been tested & attacked. These things have weakened & distracted me from my relationship with Christ. I have been backsliding in my relationship with God, almost to the point of being double minded. For 3 years I have heard that I must write. This confused me so much because I did/do not know what to write. So I put it off, I procrastinated, I just ignored what I heard from God. I would create FB pages & write what I believed He wanted me to write but it still didn’t feel like I was listening to God. This blog feels right. I have prayed about it. I have given it to God. So we will see what He allows me to share on this journey. Enjoy my journey with me!!!

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