Anger strikes up all kind of images in our minds.
Some of those images are painful. Maybe because of what someone has done to us in anger, or maybe because of what we have done to others in anger. Likely it’s a little of both.
Anger is a confusing emotion. Deep down inside we know it’s appropriate and yet we feel guilty when we experience it. Today our goal is not to equip you in a blog but rather to point you to some resources we think can be of great value to you. But before pointing you to those resources just a brief word about anger.
Anger is not sin. Anger is an emotion. Anger can become sinful, but anger, in and of itself, is not sinful. Anger without just cause is unnecessary. Anger with just cause is actually necessary. God gets angry. God gets angry when sin is committed. When His creation (people, places, things, etc.) is not valued and honored it is an assault on Him. He gets ticked off at that. It is called righteous anger. God knows how to unleash His anger in an appropriate way.
It is good and right for humans to experience anger over sin. It is not good and right for humans to unleash anger in a way that is damaging, harmful, and dishonoring to God and His creation. Here’s what we all need help with: appropriately directing anger in the right place, with the right reason, for the right duration.
While this is in no way an exhaustive list of helpful resources, below are some resources to get you started:
Scotty Smith wrote A Prayer for Stewarding our Anger
Anger: The Image of Satan was written by Jonathan Dodson in 2009.
Focus on the Family put out a series of blogs entitled, Changing an Angry Spirit by Ed Chin
Uprooting Anger: Biblical Help for a Common Problem by Robert D Jones
Two very insightful, practical, and short booklets are How Do I Stop Losing it With My Kid? Getting to the Heart of Your Discipline Problem by William P Smith and Angry Children: Understanding and Helping Your Child Regain Control by Michael R. Emlet
The Journal of Biblical Counseling compiled 6 outstanding articles into one book entitled On Anger.
An interview with DA Carson on The Wrath of God from Desiring God Ministries.
In an interview Steven Chin answers the question, “What Does Righteous Anger Look Like?”