Righteous Anger?

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  1. nersonangelo says:

    In my point of view, I think “Righteous Anger” is that type of anger that is being expressed with a purpose and to convey an important message. Jesus did it to teach us a lesson, that was the purpose and that anger was deemed righteous.. I think… 🙂 Thanks for this… 🙂

  2. Janice says:

    It is a very difficult thing to have righteous anger if someone is living in sin, and continues to live in sin, especially a family member. You love them, but don’t want to condone the sin. It is a dilemma.

    • I agree, it is often difficult to see a loved one in a consistent pattern of sin. Righteous anger does not absolutely need to “flip the merchants tables” so to speak, but can be manifested in a less “expressive” manner as well. Righteous anger is rooted in love and we should be striving to the fruit of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, – and our anger should reflect those things as well. Patient admonition following Matthew 18 is probably the best route with loved ones. Thanks for your comment Janice. 🙂

  3. Rosalie Antuma says:

    Thank you for this article. The text about “be angry but do not sin” really struck me, because at the end of that it says “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice” and so often that is what righteous anger turns in to. It may start as anger against a sin, but can quickly turn to revenge on that person etc. I think what Janice said is very interesting, because that is where right anger really becomes a dilemma-when the sin is ongoing or keeps coming back in new ways etc, then this “right anger” continues and it can turn to bitterness or revenge BECAUSE the sin keeps happening. It is no longer about the sin, but the hurt it is recurrently causing us.

    • janice says:

      This is exactly what I mean, Rosalie. It is so difficult to deal with someone who persists in sin, and I myself confess to anger at their unrepentance, and anger at the situation. I hate the sin, and am frustrated with the sinner, though I love them dearly. It is difficult to show you love them without them thinking you condone the sin. Patient admonition is good, but it is extremely difficult to do when you see someone perishing by their lifestyle. I found that I have had to pull back from this person, though this goes against everything that a parent normally feels. Like I said, it is a dilemma.