Nice people don’t get angry, right? Isn’t that in the Bible somewhere? No, it’s not. Although the Bible is full of warnings about how dangerous anger can be, it's clear that anger itself is not a sin. For one thing, God himself is sometimes angry. And Paul tells the Ephesians, “Be angry, but don’t sin. Don’t let the sun set on your anger” (Eph. 4:26). Paul is probably quoting Psalms 4:4, where David talks about being angry enough to tremble.
In fact, there are times we very well ought to be angry—and not just for wrongs done to others. There’s nothing wrong sometimes with being angry for what people do to us. The trick, of course, is learning how not to sin when we are.
A truly biblical view on anger helps us be obedient to God without struggling to hide or deny the very emotions given to us by God. God gave us anger for a reason. For Christians, our job is learning how to use it wisely.
(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley