The spirit of anger – unholy anger
orge (or-gay) - anger (indignation) - be angry (orgizo) - same word in all occasions in the Bible.
Anger is a valid emotion but needs to be controlled for it can be destructive if it is not.
Valid Anger (righteous anger)
MK 3:5 He (Jesus) looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, "Stretch out your hand."
Rom 2:8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.
Eph 4:26-27 "In your anger do not sin" : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
Invalid Anger (unrighteous anger)
2 Cor 12:20 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.
Eph 4:31-32 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Col 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
1Tim 2:8 I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.
James 1:20-21 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
|Concerned for God’s holiness and glory |
Concern for justice and righteousness
Concern for truth and in helping others
|Concerned for self-glory |
Concern for self-preservation
Concern for self-interests (revenge)
How to use anger correctly: (BMI principle)
- Be angry primarily at sin, not the sinner. Attack the attitude, behaviour, lies, evil-doing, not the person.
- Master anger and use it to defeat injustice and evil. Do not let anger master you and ‘force’ you to act out in angry outbursts.
- If anger overwhelms, look to the Holy Spirit for control.