Wednesday, September 4
"Be angry and do not sin." (Ephesians 4:26)
". . .for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God." (James 1:20)
Yesterday we looked at the negative side of anger, so today, I thought it would be good for us to consider how and when anger can be a good thing. Ephesians 4:26 actually commands us to "be angry and do not sin." This lets us know that anger, in and of itself, isn't a sin—unless we turn it into something sinful by letting pride and our self-centered motives drive our anger.
So when is our anger good and proper? When it's righteous anger. In other words, when our anger comes about because of and is directed toward an unjust situation caused by another person. Here are a few examples of righteous anger from the Bible:
- When Jesus drove out the money changers who were defiling the temple (John 2:13-18)
- When Paul confronted Peter about how he was conducting himself (Galatians 2:11-14)
- When Nehemiah threw out Tobiah’s furniture from the chambers of the house of God (Nehemiah 13:4-9)
When have you experienced righteous anger? What action(s) did you take as a result? Spend a few minutes considering the difference in you and your response when you have had righteous anger versus when your anger was self-centered and sinful. Tami
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