ANGRY WITH EVIL

ANGRY WITH EVIL

Question: I realize that love and humility are Christian virtues, but what about when you see injustice? I sometimes get so upset when I read about some of the terrible things going on in the world. Is it always wrong to be angry?

Answer: “Don’t be quick to fly off the handle” is one interpretation of the scriptural advice about anger, but it doesn’t mean that we should never be stirred up about anything.

Think about when Jesus arrived at the temple in Jerusalem. A busy crowd of people thronged the open courtyard. There was such noise and commotion as the stallholders sold their wares: doves and pigeons, sheep and oxen—whatever was needed for the temple sacrifices. Money changed hands while people bartered, argued, pleaded. It was a seller’s market.

Jesus was outraged. This was meant to be a house of prayer, yet it had been turned into a busy and not entirely honest marketplace. He could have taken the sympathetic position that while the merchants were making a profit, at least they were providing a useful service by supplying what the worshippers needed in order to obey God’s law. Besides, the more people had to pay for their sacrifices, the more highly they’d value them. He could potentially have seen the good in the situation and gone on His way.

But that’s not what He did. The Gospels tell us that Jesus overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those that sold doves, and rebuked them for turning His Father’s house of prayer into a den of thieves. This incident is recorded in all four Gospels, which underlines its significance.

There are times when we do need to face up to things that are wrong. This does not mean being angry in our own spirit or that we should literally “overturn the tables.” God’s Word warns, “Don’t get so angry that you sin. Don’t go to bed angry.” Still, there are occasions when we should stand up for what is right. Holding to our convictions about truth and justice is part of following Christ.

A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good. Now and then a man should be shaken to the core with indignation over things evil.
—Henry Ward Beecher (1813–1887)

Psalm 37:8 ESV / Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

Proverbs 14:29 ESV / Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

James 1:20 ESV / For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

4 Comments

  1. June 15, 2015, 9:57 pm   /  Reply

    This message and explanation is very useful to me because I my self is very short tempered.
    Please give some examples and messages based on biblical evidence or examples.
    Once again I Thank you Very much for the useful message.GOD BLESS YOU AND MATCH LESS MINISTRY / FAMILY.

    • Jesse Long
      June 18, 2017, 11:08 pm   /  Reply

      I also have issues with dealing with anger in my life, but I also know that there is a right time to be angry and that there is a wrong time to be angry. However, what I found out is that there is this gift that is called discernment that the RUACH HA’KODESH (Holy Spirit/Ghost) has given to people that can help us, that is, those that are in the know, to properly decipher when is when it is not the time to be, let alone react to, anger in our lives.

  2. Nathalin
    July 11, 2015, 5:37 pm   /  Reply

    Thank You, Lord, for teaching me about anger. Every man should know that u justice anger is going to do him harm. They will only have earn your wrath. Teach my husband to treat me and others right and control his temper.

  3. Dahlia
    June 17, 2017, 9:18 am   /  Reply

    Lord please bless my oldst daughter that she may not use foul language. Give her wisdom at all times.

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