by Douglas M. Williams, Sr.
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).
“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil” (Psalm 37:8).
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32; Colossians 3:8).
“Be angry, and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your wrath” (Ephesians 4:26).
The Bible teaches us the danger of anger, and we should strive to do our best to follow the Lord’s example as stated at Psalm 145:8: “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.”
Anger itself is not wrong, but when one persists in and continues to be angry, it can then lead to wrongdoing. Jesus obviously became angry or as sometimes said, he had righteous indignation. For example, when He drove the moneychangers out of the temple, but He did not sin when He did this.
Anger is associated with other similar words, such as indignation, malice, and wrath. It is defined as a feeling of sudden and strong displeasure and antagonism directed against the cause of an assumed wrong or injury. It is associated with ill will, spite, grudges, vengeance, and getting even. But the Bible says we are to live in peace without retaliation because vengeance belongs to the Lord (Romans 12:17-21).
Anger hurts you more than others, especially when it involves a grudge. The problem of anger is shown in our society in anger management classes and road rage. The wrong done in anger never accomplishes any good, but as Publius Syrus said, “An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.” Tryon Edwards said, “To rule one’s anger is well; to prevent it is still better.”
Remember, God’s teaching, and that danger can be in anger.