When Is Anger at Death Righteous?

by Paul Tautges | February 21, 2019 3:03 am

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26-27)

Is it acceptable to be angry at death? The sinless example of Jesus, which we considered two days ago[1], leaves us with no other option. Anger at death, in itself, is not sinful. However, perhaps the best way to pose this question to yourself is this: How can I, a sinner, be angry at my loss, and yet not sin? Or, what does it look like when I react to death’s provocation in a righteous manner? Let me attempt to answer these questions by reflecting on some biblical principles.

Indeed, the mixture of grief and anger in times of loss can be confusing. But, for now, perhaps these thoughts will help you discern the intentions of your heart.

Pray: “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!” (Psalm 139:23)

Confess any sinful anger to the Lord. Ask for his forgiveness and sustaining grace.

  1. two days ago: https://counselingoneanother.com/2019/02/19/jesus-got-angry-at-death/

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