God forgives us when we repent of our anger, but we must live with the consequences of our choices.
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Examples abound in the Bible, of people who handled their
anger and bitterness in a sinful way. We will consider a few of them and
examine the consequences that they suffered as a result of their sinful
We find many scriptural examples of people who sinned with
Cain killed his brother in anger and thereafter, became a
vagrant and a wanderer. Simeon and Levi were willful men whose cruel anger
drove them to murder people. God scattered their families as a penalty for
their sin. In a fit of rage, King Saul tried to kill his oldest son. He also
tried to murder David. Naaman was furious and indignant at Gods prophet. He
refused, at first, to follow a simple command in order to be healed of leprosy,
but was healed when he finally obeyed.
When the priests confronted Uzziah because of his
unfaithfulness to the Lord, he became enraged. God struck him with leprosy
until the day he died. Jonah was greatly displeased and angry when the Lord
showed compassion to Nineveh. God subsequently chastised and humbled him.
Simon, a man bound up in bitterness, tried to purchase Gods authority and
Peter openly rebuked him.
God forgives us when we repent of our sinful anger, but we must
bear the consequences of our choices.
The writer of Proverbs 19:19 informs us,
A man of great anger shall bear the penalty. For if you
rescue him, you will only have to do it again.
When we fail to deal biblically with anger, we inevitably
grow increasingly disobedient to Gods Word. God, however, offers us abundant
resources with which to successfully conquer the problem of anger. We should
consider the promise of Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Him who
strengthens me. We find a similar promise in 1 John 3:22,
Whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His
commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.
We learn in Gods Word that He is slow to anger. God is
merciful, gracious, compassionate, forgiving and abundant in lovingkindness and
truth. He alone is holy and without sin. He assures us in Psalm 30:5 that His
favor endures for a lifetime, but His anger lasts but a moment. God always
directs His anger toward rebellion or disobedience to His commands.
Jesus was angry at the hypocrisy and legalism of the religious
leaders, but He grieved over their hardness of heart. When Jesus cleansed the
Temple, a divine jealousy and zeal for His Fathers house motivated Himnot
In the Bible, God instructs us to express our feelings of
anger in a godly mannernot to deny them.
Christians ought to be careful to communicate the truth
about anger. All of our emotions are God-given, but we can sinfully misuse
them. The truth is that we become angry in certain situations. God does not
instruct us not to feel angry. He commands us instead, to be angry and
If God tells us that it is possible to be angry and yet not
sin with our anger, we should believe that it is possible to do so. In order to
accomplish this we must be willing to obey Gods Word without exceptions, and
we must wholeheartedly seek to follow the examples of the Lord Jesus Christ.