Anger is a secondary emotion – it usually comes from a deep sense of hurt and injustice. It’s a cry of unresolved pain that seeks justice and comfort. Yet if we ignore it, suppress it, and try to shove it away it still stays there before it oozes out in ways that harm others in aggression. Aggression doesn’t need to be ‘hot’ and violent – it can manifest in passive ways such as brooding silence.
But is anger a sin? Surprisingly, the Bible doesn’t say that. Our world insists that it is, especially in the West, and tells people to hide it all away and just ‘try to be nice’, but Psalm 4 won’t let us get away with that. Because we are made in the image of God (who Himself has emotions, such as grief, anger, love, and joy), we have emotions too. So what are we to do with our anger? Here, I have written a Bible study on Psalm 4 which explored all this. When we have safe ways to get out anger, we can be calm, sleep well, experience God’s presence, and go on to love others. Here is the Bible study: Psalm 4 Bible Study.
God bless, Pastor Haydn.