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Anger Is Part of the Image of God

“His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime.” Psalm 30:5

Time and again throughout both the Old and New Testaments, God is revealed as experiencing anger. Therefore, we can state with sureness that anger is an appropriate part of God’s character.

But now we need to move one step further: because we are made in God’s image, anger is an appropriate part of our character.

God’s anger is against sin and unrighteousness. Our anger, unfortunately, tends to be a lot more wide-ranging, and often includes things we have no right to be angry about. Another problem is that, while God always demonstrates his anger in appropriate ways, we often do not.

Because we are often angry at inappropriate things or act our anger out in inappropriate ways, people sometimes tell us (or we tell ourselves) that “we should never be angry.” But that is a lie of the devil. We have every right to be angry at the things that make God angry. We have every right to demonstrate and act on our anger as long as we do not sin in doing so.

Rather than being ashamed of our anger, it is time to hold it up to the light, examine it, reject what is sinful, and embrace what is good.

  • What does it mean to you to realize that anger, in and of itself, is part of the image of God within you?

  • What parts of your anger at your anxiety are justifiable? What parts are not?

  • What is an appropriate way of addressing or demonstrating your anger? What is not?

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