For most of us, anger is a normal, often daily emotion. We’ve all experienced it, from our childhood, our youth, and through adulthood. Psychology Today, however, calls it a “corrosive emotion,” one that does not dissipate merely because you express it.
Then is anger okay or not okay? What does the word of God say about it?
Can we agree with the documentary evidence that Jesus, during his mortal ministry, got angry? For example, one Sabbath day, Jesus visited a synagogue where a man in the congregation had a withered hand. There were some there just waiting for Jesus to take action and heal the man. He perceived their motives and is not thrilled. Mark records that “he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts” (see Mark 3:5). He healed the man in spite of accusers and doubters.
When He cleansed the temple (twice, actually), do you think He was a little eaten up by anger (see for example John 2:13–17)? I mean, he made a “scourge of small cords” and drove the Passover profiteers from His Father’s house. The Psalmist prophesied of this event, saying that “the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up” (see Psalms 69:9; compare John 2:17). Was Jesus angry at this abuse? Yes, I’m sure He was.
And if it’s okay for Jehovah also known as Jesus to get angry, shouldn’t it be okay for everyone else to get angry? Yes and no.
As with any passion, there must be boundaries and limits. Without limits, anger can lead to destructive results—of self-confidence, of trust, of relationships, and even human life.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil (Psalms 37:8).
More on this topic soon.