Is it Ever Okay to be Angry?

Righteous and Unrighteous Anger


We get angry at political leaders, or our kids, or at the guy who cuts us off in traffic. Jesus expressed His anger in the temple courts by toppling tables and cracking a whip. Is there a good kind of anger? In this post, Peter Cha, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and Steven Chin, Senior Pastor at the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church, illustrate the differences between righteous anger and sinful anger. 



 Peter said there are two kinds of anger. Jesus exhibited righteous anger when he cleansed the temple, but our unrighteous anger stems from selfishness and pride.

What is the difference between sinful anger and righteous anger? What are some examples of each?
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Jesus shows us the righteous anger we should strive for, and warns us to steer clear of sinful anger. In this next video, Steven Chin offers practical advice to avoid sinning in our anger. 


Psalm 4:4 (ESV)

4 Be angry, and do not sin;

ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Ephesians 4:26 (ESV)

26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



The Bible tells us to not rush into anger. We can avoid sinning in our anger by being slow to lose our tempers. 

What is destructive and constructive anger? How do they differ from each other?
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What does it mean to be slow to anger? What practical advice did Steven offer to prevent losing your temper?
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What could you do in the next few days to be slow to anger? Do you need to apologize to anyone for losing your temper? If so, who? When could you apologize to them?
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Steven said righteous anger involves sharing God’s anger against injustice. What injustices in the world make you angry? What could you do this week to work against that evil?
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We can be angry at the same things that anger God, but we should use that anger to drive us to action. Otherwise, as God’s children, we should not sin in our anger. Submit your anger to God. Ask Him to teach you to be slow to anger. 


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