Have you ever been as angry as God? Did you even know that God gets angry? Anger is all over the Bible. The scriptures tell us multiple times that God gets angry. If God gets angry then it isn't a sin, right? Yep. We sin during anger most of the time. The act of being angry isn't the sin. The actions we take when we are angry are the sins. Confusing right? Lets take a look at several Bible verses that will help me explain this to you a little better.
1 Peter 2:22 “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.”
1 John 3:5 “You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him, there is no sin.”
The Bible verses that I just listed above show that God is sinless. Since God is sinless, therefore he cannot sin. The following verses show anger in the Bible.
Ephesians 4:26-27 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil.
Isaiah 30:27 “See, the Name of the Lord comes from afar, with burning anger and dense clouds of smoke; his lips are full of wrath, and his tongue is a consuming fire.”
The new Testament gives several accounts of when Jesus grew angry. The one that comes to the front of my find is presented in Mark 3:5 “And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.” Jesus was healing a person on the Sabbath. The religious leaders were trying to entrap Jesus by saying that he should not heal people on the Sabbath.
When being angry turns to a sin in our life.
The act of getting angry is not a sin. We convert it into a sin by how we control our anger. When we act out in a counter-Biblical way through our anger, we in turn sin. When we use abusive language or think unholy thoughts, we cross the line into sin. Being angry as humans cannot be kept in check like being angry as a God. We do not have enough self-control to stop ourselves from sinning. We are born with a sinful nature. Jesus, on the other hand, was sinless.
When we get called out by others and accused of sinning by anger, we must examine what our sin is. Anger is not the sin. The way we act out our anger is what other people see as a sin. Being quicker to our thoughts instead of our tongue will reduce our sin. We need to guard our minds because our thoughts can lead us down the road as sin as well.