by Holy Host
There is a common misconception that all anger is bad. This is not the case at all, as a matter of fact, there is anger that is helpful and anger that is harmful.
In the New Testament two words are used for anger. One describes passion and energy, the other agitation.
Righteous anger, which is something that results from a true injustice, is God given and a productive kind of anger. Because it is rooted in truth, it is the type of anger that propels you, pushes you, and makes you get up and go solve a problem or right a wrong.
On the other hand, if you just sit stewing in your anger, it produces nothing, eventually becomes sinful rage and doesn’t honor God at all.
“He who is slow to anger has great understanding,
But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.”
“Do not be eager in your heart to be angry,
For anger resides in the bosom of fools.”
The productive kind of anger attacks problems, not people.
The sinful kind of anger is wrapped in personal pride and comes from a place where you think you’re more important than the people around you.
“So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.”
26. BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 31. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
You also play a role in other people’s anger. You should never provoke others to anger.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Don’t argue for the sake of arguing or just to make people think you are right.
2 Timothy 2:23-24, “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.”
Next time you’re angry, test yourself to see which kind of anger you’re experiencing. Is it about correcting some injustice or is it just about you?