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I admit I get angry fairly easily, but why is anger supposed to be a sin? After all, the Bible says that God sometimes gets angry, doesn't it? And wasn't Jesus angry when He drove those moneychangers out of the Temple?


You’re right, up to a point; at times God does get angry, and when Jesus discovered some men were cynically making money from people who had come to worship in God’s House, He too was angry and expelled them. He said, “It is written …’My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers’ ” (Matthew 21:13).

But Jesus’ anger was far different from ours, and so is God’s. We get angry when someone offends us or keeps us from doing something we want to do. We also get angry when we want something for ourselves, but we don’t get it. In other words, our anger is centered only on ourselves and our desires—and when we don’t get what we want, we get upset.

But Jesus’ anger wasn’t like this. He was angry because the merchants were treating God’s House with contempt. He also was angry because they were cheating and treating people unjustly. And when God gets angry at sin, it’s because He knows the terrible damage it does to us, whom He loves. Instead of a selfish anger, His is a righteous anger.

Don’t excuse your anger, and don’t let it destroy you and those around you—as it will, if left unchecked. Instead, turn to Jesus Christ and ask Him to forgive you. Then ask Him to help you learn to react to life’s frustrations with patience instead of anger. The Bible says, “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm” (Proverbs 29:11).