Are We Right to be Angry?

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The Lord replied, ‘Are you right to be angry?’
~ Jonah 4:4

This question posed by the Lord to Jonah resounds through the centuries to this day. Whenever we become angry at something, this is the exact question which our Lord asks of us.

Our first check of ourselves should always be to realize what type of anger we are experiencing. Is it righteous anger, or unrighteous anger? It is easy to identify this.

Righteous anger is anger FOR God. Only this is justifiable in God’s eyes. An example of this in scripture was Jesus’s anger at the outer temple. All other forms of anger are unrighteous anger and not justifiable.

Most of the time when we get upset, it is the same type of anger as Jonah’s — unrighteous anger. We often get angry due to our own pride. It is really as simple as that. We are upset because we do not get what we want. Anger is almost always a consequence of pride. May the Lord help us and give us compassionate hearts!

 

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Noel Ethan Tan

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel is a Singaporean working as a rehabilitation counsellor at ACC(S) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. He is currently doing a part-time Masters Program in Counselling and Guidance at NTU, Singapore. In his church ministry, Noel is currently serving in a young adults' Catholic community called Anawim that does Bible Exegesis. Noel is also pursuing a Certificate in Theology at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15 — “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

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