Is It Ever Okay to Be Angry?

“And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.”

Mark 3:5

Ponder This

Jesus was moved with anger that was righteous. You can be angry without sin, for Jesus Christ was without sin. It is possible to be good…and mad. As a matter of fact, if some things don’t move you to anger, there’s something wrong. Do you know what moved Jesus to anger? It was the attitude of the Pharisees toward the poor, paralyzed man. The man had a deep need, but the Pharisees were filled with selfishness, pride, and arrogance. What did they have against Jesus? Their problem was not theological; it was personal. Prior to the coming of Jesus, all the people were bragging on the Pharisees and following them. They occupied the chief places previously, but now the crowds were going after Jesus. The Pharisees were filled with rotten envy, selfishness, and pride, and they didn’t care for people that were hurting. The Pharisees' hearts had grown cold.

  • What are some things we might have righteous anger over in the world today?
  • How can this type of anger motivate us to respond in a godly way as it did Jesus?

Practice This

Name some situations in which the appropriate response might be righteous anger. Describe how you can have righteous anger that leads to God-honoring action in those situations.