I was thinking about anger, and whether it’s a sin or not. This because as much as I try to shrug it off, I still am having some issues with things I’m angry about. And in some ways, I am justified to feel angry. But I am not justified to hold onto it and allow it to fester within me, poisoning my mind and my body, nor would it be right to lash out in return and try to take revenge somehow against people who somehow hurt me.
There are quite a few verses in the Bible about anger, and the truth is, it is not always a sin. It’s really what the anger is based on, and what we do with our anger that makes it a sin or not, I think. I mean, if you fly off the handle in violent outbursts out of your anger, that’s definitely sinful. And I’ve been there. I have spoken horrible words in anger…and pretty much immediately was filled with horror and regret. I have also held onto anger at times, and it has made me sick inside when I’ve done that, as well as dictating the words and attitudes I had toward others. I’ve suffered from depression, which is really anger turned inward, they say. And speaking for my own situation there, it was. Through my healing process with that, I became angry at others in that process…and that was actually healthy for me, because I was finally directing the anger to where it belonged.
There are actually people who have taken their pain and anger from situations in their lives and directed it appropriately, to effect changes in laws, or to help others in some way. One example I can think of is Candy Lightner, the woman who founded the organization MADD after her daughter was killed by a drunk driver. Another example is John Walsh, whose young son Adam was so horribly murdered. He has spent many years since working to find missing children, and to bring wanted criminals to justice.
Anyway, I found this article online and it’s really good, and isn’t real long. But it speaks of anger as referenced in the Bible…righteous anger and unrighteous anger. I recommend it for anyone with their own questions about anger.
Love and blessings,