Anger ‘Disorders’

by Paul Tautges | June 24, 2014 6:17 am

Anger is a God-given emotion; it is part of being made in His image. It is a rising up of the human heart’s sense of right and wrong. Robert Jones defines anger well in his excellent, biblically faithful book Uprooting Anger[1]: “Our anger is our whole-personed active response of negative moral judgment against perceived evil.” Notice five parts of this definition.

  1. Our anger is an active response.
  2. Our anger is a whole-personed active response.
  3. Our anger is a response against something.
  4. Our anger, in essence, involves a negative moral judgment that we make.
  5. Our anger involves a judgment against perceived evil.

But does the fact that anger is a God-given emotion mean that we are righteous in displaying it? Well, sometimes, but rarely. Rarely, because even when the rising emotion is generated by a righteous response to sin we quickly, and most often, cross the line into a variety of sinful responses. And, not wanting to admit the sinful response, we seek to justify our response as “righteous anger” when almost always it is very far from righteous.

What Is the Cause of Sinful Anger?

Based upon James 4:1-3, where the brother of Jesus answers his own question, “What is the source of quarrels among you?,” we conclude that sinful anger is basically, at its root, a product of our self-exalting desire to rule over one another. This self-exaltation is driven by selfish motives, which most of the time we are blinded to ourselves.

When Are Our Desires Sinful?

Here are 6 characteristics of the sinful desires that give rise to our anger. Desires are sinful…

Thus, anger easily becomes a tool of manipulation to get others to serve our selfish desires.

What Are the Two Most Common Ways People Sinfully Misdirect Anger?

How Do We Deal with Sinful Anger?

As we deal with our anger honestly and biblically, the Holy Spirit will empower us in self-control and fill us with His others-focused love (Galatians 5:22-23).

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“3 Criteria of Righteous Anger”

“Anger Self-Examination Questions”

  1. Uprooting Anger:

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