The Mundling Zone

Thoughts, rants, and raves from the desk of Michelle Mundling

Wednesday, March 21, 2001

God Does Not Like an Angry Man

In the Bible, whenever there is a mention of God's anger, there is almost always physical destruction and desolation. Sometimes punishment of people such as enslavement and sickness has been a result of His anger.

We as humans can create damage and destruction from our anger, too. When we act out of anger, we can physically injure and/or kill someone. When we speak out of anger, the damage is harder to repair; we can hurt feelings, ruin friendships, ruin relationships, end business partnerships, and damage or destroy the hardest thing to repair/create: trust. We hurt others, but we also hurt ourselves.

Examples of some passages out of the NIV Bible:

Proverbs 29
11. A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.
22. An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.

Ecclesiastes 7
9. Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

Ecclesiastes 10
4. If a ruler's anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great errors to rest.

Jeremiah 10
24. Correct me, LORD, but only with justice -- not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing.

Ezekiel 35
11. therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them and I will make myself known among them when I judge you.

Matthew 5
22. But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, `Raca, ' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, `You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.

2 Corinthians
20. For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.

Ephesians 4
26. "In your anger do not sin" : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27. and do not give the devil a foothold.
31. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
32. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Colossians 3
8. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

James 1
19. My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
20. for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

What kind of example are YOU setting when you claim you're a Christian yet are quick to anger and act on it? The damage you do to yourself involves damage to your credibility, your integrity, and your relationship with God.

When you vent your anger (physical or verbal) on anyone, you are giving Jesus and his ministry a black eye.