Does God get angry? Is God angry with humanity? What should we think when we see pestilences and diseases that are killing so many people around the world? What should we think when we experience natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes or even fires that are capable of destroying towns and cities. When we see all these things and many more, is God expressing His anger towards humanity?
For some, it may be difficult to view God as one who can become angry. It might also be uncomfortable for us to think about the wrath of God because we may not be personally comfortable with such an image of God.
However, the Bible is extremely clear that there are many different situations where God does become angry. In fact, the Bible says that God gets angry every day.
Psalm 7:11 (NIV) says: God is a righteous judge, a God who expresses His wrath every day.
Psalm 7:11 (ESV) says: God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.
Notice that in Psalm 7:11 we are taught about two attributes or characteristics of God. First we are taught that God is righteous or just. Secondly we are taught that God has the ability to get angry.
However, it is important to note that there are two types of anger. There is Righteous Anger and Unrighteous Anger and God always models righteous anger since God is incapable of sinning.
Righteous anger or righteous indignation does not lead to sin. However, unrighteous anger ultimately leads to sinful actions.
The Bible clearly demonstrates that God is not short-tempered but God is slow to anger (Exodus 34:6; Psalms 103:8; Nahum 1:3).
Ephesians 4:26 says: Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger
Therefore expressing anger is not only part of God’s nature, but it is also part of our human nature.
James 1:19-20 says: Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness that God requires.
Why Would God Become Angry? Who or What Angers God?
According to Psalm 7:11 it says that God expresses anger every day.
So why would God feel or express righteous indignation every day?
The answer is because of the sin and wickedness that occurs throughout the world on a daily basis. Every single day, there are many people in our world who are unrepentant and they live a life of rebellion and wickedness and sin which ultimately ignites the anger of God. The reason is because mankind has a sin nature and we all live in a fallen world. Another attribute of God is that He is holy and therefore He does not tolerate sin.
Romans 1:18 says: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
Colossians 3:5-6 says: Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.
Romans 2:5 says “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God”
God is righteously angry when humanity lives in idolatry. Or when humanity chooses to rebel against Him through sin and by living a life apart from Him.
Sin spiritually separates us from God. Hell itself is a sobering expression of God’s wrath against sin or unrighteousness. However thankfully God is also gracious and He has a solution on how humanity is able to avert His wrath.
God Is Also Loving, Patient, Forgiving and Gracious
Despite the fact that sin angers God – the Bible also teaches us that God is loving, patient, forgiving and gracious towards us. These are some of the other attributes of God.
It’s also important to note that every day God also expresses His love, His patience, His forgiveness and His grace to mankind because God has many different attributes. According to Lamentations 3:22-23, God’s love, mercies and faithfulness “are new every morning”.
How is God loving towards us? Romans 5:8 says: But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
How is God patient with us? 2 Peter 3:9 says: The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
How is God forgiving towards us? 1 John 1:9 says: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
How is God gracious towards us? Ephesians 2:8-9 says: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Forgiveness of our sins is found through a relationship with Jesus Christ who paid for our sins on the cross. Jesus Christ took upon Himself God’s wrath in our place when He was crucified on the cross. It is Christ alone who bore our sins and took our punishment for sin upon Himself. Christ became our Substitute so that when we receive Him by faith to be Lord in our life, then we are forgiven eternally of all our sins past, present and future. Ephesians 1:7 says the following about Christ: In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace,
Our relationship with God can only be restored by believing and receiving Jesus Christ. It is only because of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross that every true believing Christian is able to avert hell, of which hell is the ultimate expression of God’s anger to those who rejected God during their life on earth. The Bible says eternal life and an eternal relationship with God is only possible through Jesus Christ alone (John 14:1-7).
When we become born again through Christ, we are forgiven and we no longer face condemnation (Romans 8:1). Instead through Christ we are a new creation and are reconciled to God eternally.
2 Chronicles 7:13-14 says: When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Therefore when God is angry with humanity, it is important for mankind to genuinely seek God and to seek His forgiveness through repentance from wickedness and sin. Such repentance is only possible through a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ who paid for our sins on the cross.
To anyone who desires a genuine relationship with God through Jesus Christ, 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 says the following: “For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with Him.”
DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???
1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.
2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.
3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.
4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God
Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?
We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.
PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.
“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
Today I repent and have decided to follow you. Thank you for forgiving all my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”
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