Is there such a thing as “righteous anger” in men?

Psalms 37:3-4, 8

v3)Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
v4) Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
v8) Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret —it leads only to evil.

James 1:19-21

v19) My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
v20) because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
v21) Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

It’s not my place to get angry at people who do evil. It cannot result in anything good, but by nature, my anger is self-serving and will not result in righteousness for me or them. Instead, I should do good, enjoy life, and take delight in the Lord. In addition, I must get rid of moral filth from my life, knowing that my sin could likely cause others to be angry (I’m no better than the person I’m getting angry at).

Like all throughout Scripture, we are instructed to keep our focus on the Lord, and in that spirit, examine ourselves. Rarely are we told to look at the shortcomings of others, and then it is only within the church for the purpose of purifying one another.

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