What is righteous anger? Commonly referred to as righteous indignation, Dictionary.com describes it as “… anger without guilt.”

It is the fundamental right to be angry at what makes God angry. God is not fundamentally angry; He is fundamentally righteous; therefore, God’s anger is the derivative of his righteousness.

Because we are God’s children, and until we uncover what God considers righteous anger, then, without malice, we can express our anger, free from guilt.   

Let’s review what makes God angry. God’s anger is provoked by a perversion of His goodness.

He is the quintessential definition of goodness as reflected in Micah 6:8, “… what he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God.”

So, what makes God angry is turning wrong what He made right. Isaiah 5:20 explains, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who exchange darkness for light, and light for darkness …”

God calls this perversion evil. Evil twists and convolutes God’s glory, discarding what is valuable and profaning what is holy.

Evil will poison, distort, and eventually torment every living creature. All evil appears innocent, appealing, and even fun at first.

But the deeper one delves into sin, the more one becomes consumed. The innocuous destruction inconspicuously devours one’s joy until all that remains is eternal emptiness.

Participation in drugs, pornography, gambling and any form of hate crime will give mirrored results. Child abuse, domestic abuse, and abortion also fit into this cancerous deception.

All trickery begins with innocence and ends in self-destruction.

Now that we know what righteous anger is, we must learn to express it lovingly. The Bible gives an excellent example in Proverbs: “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention” (15:18).

God instructs us to express our anger without malice or ill intent. “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:19-21.    

It’s normal to feel infuriated at times.

When we understand what is just in God’s eyes, we are empowered to lovingly express our feelings without guilt because “The fear of the Lord is pure. It stands forever. The just decrees of the Lord are truth. They are altogether righteous,” Psalm 19:9.

Until next week, have a truly blessed day, and thank you for sharing life with Sharlotte.