Be Angry About What God is Angry About

Be Angry About What God is Angry About

James 1:19-20 – Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Recently, I got angry about something, and I did the most dangerous thing you can do – I prayed about it. I said, “God I’m angry, is there anything you want to say about that.”

God said to me, “Son, I’m not angry, so why are you?” I recounted again what happened and why I was angry, and He said He wasn’t angry about it. As I began to wrestle with God over it, I realized, if it didn’t anger God, then I was wrong to be angry about it.

When we get angry, the question we need to ask is “Is God angry about the thing I’m angry about?” If God’s not angry about the thing I’m angry about, then I need to bring my anger to God and repent of it as my sin. I can’t blame it on the trial or the trigger, the person or the thing that frustrated me. In this case, it’s actually not between me and them, it’s between me and Him.

If God’s not upset, why are you upset? If God doesn’t say it’s a sin, why do you think it’s a sin? If God’s not emotionally responding, why are you?

Are there things you’ve gotten angry about that God wouldn’t have gotten angry about? Repent to the person you got angry at and ask God to help you not get angry in these situations in the future.

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Mark Driscoll
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