Righteousness: According to Google, it can be defined as “the quality of being morally right or justifiable.”
Anger: According to Google, it is defined as “a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.”
Now, how about righteous anger?
One could logically deduce from the above definitions that righteous anger could be described as a morally right or justifiable feeling of hostility, annoyance, or displeasure. Right?
Okay, now confession time: I try really hard to not get angry with people. I associate anger, most times, with rage or with a more lingering feeling of hostility. I usually resign any displeasure, annoyance, or hostility to the term of “aggravating” rather than “angering.” I say I’m annoyed with someone instead of angry with them. But honestly, it’s pretty much all the same in my world.
I hate being angry at someone. It steals away some of my joy, and I really don’t like a thief. It takes a lot to make me truly angry. I understand the warning against being “quick to anger” very well, trust me. But sometimes, things just build and build until I can no longer deny that I am authentically angry.
One of those times is right now. I am authentically angry at a certain person who fed me full of lies. When someone tells you something different than what God does, you should NEVER believe them. I can offer that advice from experience. When you admire and trust someone because of their intelligence and the good face they put on, it’s easy to blindly follow their lead. Don’t do that. I am authentically angry at someone who ripped a little part of me away, and then pretended it was no big deal. It is a big deal.
But as angry as I am, I can only imagine how angry my Heavenly Father is at this same person for how they have treated His daughter. Ever seen a father who is angry at a guy for hurting his daughter? Okay, now same situation only the father is God, the ultimate Judge and Ruler. His wrath has swallowed up nations. God’s anger is righteous anger.
On that note, it’s now hard for me to go around wanting to be hostile. I’m a firm believer in being efficient, effective, and giving the job to the person best qualified for it. Needless to say, the one who can give the best justice is the Judge. The one who can execute the best revenge is my Heavenly Father. The one who can bring truth through the lies is the One who IS Truth. Obviously, my anger is no match for the wrath of God. So, I give up the hostility to God so that He can be my revenge. He’s better at it, anyway.
“Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord.” – Romans 12:19