Is it always wrong to get mad?

Here's the answer:

Most anger is wrong, but not all anger. Anger often results in people getting hurt.

Anger can be like poison. In anger, we sometimes say words that hurt others. God’s Word says that we should be "quick to listen. But [we] should be slow to speak. [We] should be slow to get angry. Human anger doesn’t produce the holy life God wants" (James 1:19-20).

Anger is not always sin though. There is a type of anger called "righteous anger" that the Bible approves of. For example, God can be angry (Psalm 7:11). Believers can be angry too, but it’s not a mad anger. Good anger is a passion or energy that helps us solve problems. Most of the anger we show isn’t righteous anger though. It is sinful anger.

When we find ourselves getting angry in a sinful way, we can remind ourselves of these important points. God wants us to:

• Be honest and tell the truth in love (Ephesians 4:25).

• Forgive the person who hurt us (Ephesians 4:26-27).

• Talk calmly about the problem instead of yelling at the person (Ephesians 4:29, 31).

• Pause and pray, rather than exploding in anger (1 Peter 5:7).

We can’t control how others respond, but we can control how we respond. We can ask God to help us remain calm and respond to others in love.

Bible Truth

"Scripture says, 'When you are angry, do not sin.' Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry" (Ephesians 4:26).

"Foolish people let their anger run wild. But wise people keep themselves under control" (Proverbs 29:11).