Anger Devotional: Wednesday, February 10

Begin with prayer.  Ask God to reveal to you the difference between a righteous anger and an unhealthy anger.  

Read Mark 3:1-6: Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” iHe stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

In verse 5 it is clear that Jesus was angry at the Pharisees.  Jesus was sinless, yet here He was angry, obviously then there is such a thing as righteous anger.  Righteous anger springs forth from being upset that someone is sinned against and justice has not been served. It differs from sinful anger in that it is never irrational or out of control.  Finally, righteous anger is driven by the desire to see the sin corrected.  Do you see the differences between sinful anger and righteous anger?

The ultimate example of righteous anger is seen on the Cross. God poured out His divine wrath on Jesus, His Son, rather than putting it on us!  Think for a moment about that. How does that make you feel?

Close with prayer.  Pray, thanking God for His unmeasurable grace and goodness.  Thank Him for His perfect and righteous anger that has enabled you to have life and forgiveness of sin.