Unrighteous Anger


Beware of the damage that can result when anger is allowed to fester.

James 1:19-21


Anger is a powerful emotion that often causes great damage. It fuels inner resentment and bitterness, shuts down communication, and breaks relationships. If unchecked, it boils over into explosive rage that hurts not only the intended target but others as well.


While we often try to justify our anger, seldom can it be classified as righteous. We’re rarely offended for God’s honor. Our motives are usually born of self-defense, thwarted desires, or outrage over perceived wrongs against us. James wrote that our anger does not bring about God’s righteousness in our life.


The book of Proverbs gives God’s perspective on the subject. Quick-tempered people act foolishly (Prov. 14:17), stir up strife, and abound in wrongdoing (Prov. 29:22). There are also warnings not to associate with such individuals so we won’t learn their ways (Prov. 22:24-25). In contrast, those who are slow to anger have great understanding (Prov. 14:29) and demonstrate wisdom by holding their temper (Prov. 29:11).


Jesus paid our sin debt with His life in order to set us free from sin, and that includes uncontrolled anger. If God has convicted you of unrighteous anger, confess it as sin and ask Him to reproduce Christ’s character in you.


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