Why Am I So Angry? (Article 17-19)
We all get angry. We get angry at people, ourselves, family members, friends, the government, organizations, the weather, machinery, technology and even God. We are angered when we believe we’re being mistreated or unjustly treated. Strife and conflict makes us angry. Physical and emotional abuse makes us angry. Competition can make us angry. Our physical or mental limitations may make us angry. Jealousy and feelings that our emotional needs are not being met can make us angry. Feeling or believing things aren’t moving fast enough may frustrate and anger us. People’s personality attributes such as a person's perceived arrogance, apathy, lack of empathy, selfishness, greed, and aggressiveness can make us angry. It can seem as if the sources of our anger are limitless. With anger comes great displeasure, hostility, wrath and vengeance. At the very core of our anger are circumstances, actions, or situations that run contrary to how we believe life should be. In short, our anger is a mere emotional manifestation of the friction in our lives. As in physics, when two things collide or rub against each other, there is friction and with it, heat is generated. If enough heat is generated, combustion can occur or the original physical form of the materials can be changed. This can be the case when we’re angry too. If enough friction exists, our “blood boils”. Stress builds and our blood pressure may go up. We feel anxious and frustrated. We may become emotionally ill or physically sick. Depending on the source and length of our anger, some may begin to see physical, or at the very least, emotional or personality changes within themselves. We become anxious and restless, continuously looking for something that will rid us of our anger. Some of us try to hide our anger; however, our anger is usually revealed in the tone of our voice, body language, attitudes, or the words and manner we express ourselves. Sometimes anger passes, but very unfortunately, some remain angry all the time. So, you may wonder whether being angry is wrong according to God's will. After all, there are many accounts of God being angry in scripture. The answer is knowing the source and reasons for your anger. If anger stems from one's opposition to what is right and holy, then it is wrong. If one's anger stems from efforts to fulfill God's will, then it is not wrong.
God Has Anger
Yes, there are many accounts of God being angry in scripture. In fact, when we review some biblical passages, we see where God becomes very angry. He says, "A fire is kindled in My anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell." (Deuteronomy 32:22) "And I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath." (Jeremiah 21:5). It may seem that His anger is vicious, excessive and unjust. "My wrath shall become hot, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless." (Exodus 22:24). In contrast, we are told that "God is love." (1 John 4:8) He is "merciful and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in goodness and truth."(Exodus 34:6) He is "good, ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy ...full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering." (Psalm 86:5,15) "The Lord is longsuffering and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression." (Numbers 14:18). "He has not dealt with us according to our sins...for as the heavens are far above the earth, so great is His mercy" (Psalm 103:10,11). To some, God may seem schizophrenic or is suffering from some “bi-polar” disorder. His emotions seem to run extreme. This may seem the case when we look at scripture in isolation and not as part of a larger story. But to understand what's behind God's anger, we must first know the source of His anger.
The Source of God’s Anger
The source of God's anger is man's continuous opposition to His Will. God's anger comes from His righteousness nature and man’s choice to be unrighteous (not choosing to be in the right standing with God). God’s anger comes from His call for patience, mercy and forgiveness and man’s decisions to be impatient, greedy, selfish and unforgiving. God’s anger comes from His call to love unconditionally and man’s decision to love with conditions. God's anger stems from man's resistance or refusal to recognize that He is our Creator and loving Father - the one and only almighty and living God. Instead, it is man’s desire to see and act as if he himself is a God. Above all, God’s anger stems from His desire for man to be “one with Him” which runs contrary to man’s desire for God to be “one with him”, if at all. See, it’s our prideful nature (not accepting who we are in relation to God, and our need for Him in all things), that leads us to behave as a god and oppose God and His Will. It is our pride and the resulting effects which angers God and keeps us separated from Him.
The Source of Man's Anger
Make no mistake, that Satan is the source of our anger. It is the evil stemming from our pride - the hellish poison that Satan spewed into the ears of our divine parents (Adam and Eve) - which has been passed down through the generations that causes us to oppose God. It is by way of our pride that we are tempted to serve and be consumed with the wants of the “self”. Pride is an insatiable beast within us that can never be satisfied, ever longing and lusting for more to consume. Like the effects of an addiction, it makes us irritable, frustrated and angry when we don't get what we want. Like a drug dealer, Satan tempts us to pursue what we crave above all things - a godly presence and the gratification of our self-serving and fleshly desires. With this, Satan achieves his one and only goal, which is to separate us from our Creator. Always know that it is not God that tempts us which leads to our anger. It Satan’s temptations, lies and deceptions that lead us to believing we can control our own lives and destiny that leads to our frustration and anger. Satan tempted Christ in this way. Why would you not think he does not tempt us in the same way and with the same intent?
Truth Behind God's Anger
Our desire to be a God and rule over our lives as we see fit is what leads us to oppose God and to make bad decisions in our lives. It is our pride, the absolute root of all evil, that makes us restless, destroying our peace and creating the friction, anxiety, frustration and anger in our lives. The fact is that God has no desire to punish anyone. "I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked." (Ezekiel 33:11) When He does tolerate evil it is because He sees that good can come from it. As Joseph said after his brothers betrayed him, "You thought evil against me, but God meant it for good." (Genesis 50:20). What has seemed to mankind to be evidence of God's anger, then, has usually been not from God at all, but from the cruel influence of hell. Anger comes from the rotten fruit of Satan. Happiness and true joy can only come from good fruit, the fruit of the Spirit which comes only from Christ.
The Cure For Our Anger
As believers, we recognize Christ as our Lord and Savior, but we should also recognize that He did something else that was great. He restored humility back into the world and with it, the opportunity to once again become one with the Father. Christ revealed His humble nature and teaches, by way of His own example and words that He (the Son) knows who He is in relation to Father and His need for the Father in all things. It was by way of Christ’s humility that we are taught not to judge, or we will be judged (Matthew 7:1). It is Christ that teaches us to exalt and glorify God in all things. It is by His restoration of humility back into the world that we can also find the rest and peace we have sought all our lives, but eludes us. Christ understands the power of the deadly poison which ails us, for which He is the only cure. Yes, Christ restored humility back into the world: A heavenly attribute which opposes the poison of Satan’s own Hellish pride.
With a humble spirit, we may still become angry; however, the source of our anger is not directed at God or those He calls us to love, but rather toward the unrighteous indignation of the evil one and all that he represents and the evilness he brings to the world.
A Lit Path is Before Us to Follow
Christ not only taught us how to once again be one with God, He also created the path back home. He then lit the path with a bright beacon of light to follow. It is a light that provides a continuous reminder of who we are in relation to God and our need for Him in all things. It is a light that instructs us to submit (be meek) and abide in Christ for all things and by way of the power of His Spirit (the Holy Spirit) to change and to be transformed. It is a light that reveals who we should mourn - those who do not know the truth and may face an eternal death. It is the light that teaches the love of God’s grace, forgiveness and the love we are to have for others. It is the light that makes us thirst and hunger for righteousness. It is the light that gives us the unyielding desire to love our Father, to exalt Him and give Him all Glory. It is a light that gives us clarity of thought and understanding of what is happening to us and the deadly effects of the poison within us. It is the light which reveals world's evil which lurks in the darkness and shadows of our lives. Christ instructs us, by way of His disciples' teachings, that the road of pride is wide and easy path to traverse, but narrow is the humble road which leads to life. Few will find it and even fewer will choose to travel the narrow path. We all can travel this road, but we must know that the journey is not possible without the power of Christ's Spirit (the Holy Spirit). As believers, we must call daily on "the Christ in us" to come forth and with this, the bringing forth His Spirit and its power to keep us on the narrow path to eternal life.