Does God get angry?

Here's the answer:

Yes, God does get angry sometimes.

Throughout the Bible we read of God’s love and mercy, His kindness and patience. But we also read that God can be angry (Psalm 78:21; Romans 1:18).

How can this be? To understand, we need to remember that God is perfect. In fact, because He is perfect, He can't bear to look upon any sin. The Bible says, "Your [God's] eyes are too pure to look at what is evil. You can’t put up with the wrong things people do" (Habakkuk 1:13).

So we can understand that God can get angry when people choose to do wrong things or directly disobey His words in the Bible. These things harm us, and it angers God when people choose to ignore the wrong they are doing. The Bible calls these things sin—disobedient acts that go against God’s ways.

But God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to die as a sacrifice for our sin and provide the payment for everything we have ever done wrong—right down to every bad thought (John 3:16). To receive this forgiveness, all we need to do is believe that we are sinners and that Jesus died so we could have a right relationship with God. Once we do that, "He has removed our lawless acts from us as far as the east is from the west" (Psalm 103:12). We are new people in God's sight!

If we believe in Jesus, we don't need to fear God’s anger. That doesn't mean we won't sin anymore and make God sad. We will still do bad things, and sometimes God will need to discipline us so we learn how to live the right way. But as Christians, God’s Holy Spirit inside us will make it easier to do the right things. And God will always forgive us when we tell Him we're sorry!

Bible Truth

"I am the LORD. I am slow to get angry. I am full of love. I forgive those who sin. I forgive those who refuse to obey. But I do not let guilty people go without punishing them" (Numbers 14:18).

"But you, LORD, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness" (Psalm 86:15).