Are you righteously angry? Even personally angry? It's OK ... within limits.
"Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger," (Ephesians 4:26)
Why should we deal with our anger right away? Because it is deceitful and it hardens us faster than you can say Jack Robinson.
"But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin." (Hebrews 3:13).
And why should we take care of our anger or other sin as long as it is "today"? Because it takes our eyes off Jesus.
"And He said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" (Matthew 14:30).
How long did it take for Peter to sink after he took his eyes away? Immediately.
Ultimately the only thing our anger does is prevent us from producing righteousness.
"because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires." (James 1:20)
Only God's anger produces righteousness. Barnes Notes says of the James 1:20 verse, that human anger "Does not produce in the life that righteousness which God requires. Its tendency is not to incline us to keep the law, but to break it; not to induce us to embrace the truth, but the opposite...A man is never sure of doing right under the influence of excited feelings; he may do that which is in the highest sense wrong, and which he will regret all his life. The particular meaning of this passage is, that wrath in the mind of man will not have any tendency to make him righteous."
How can I know for sure that my anger is righteous indignation?
"What does the Bible say about anger?"
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