Day 22 – Anger is not sin. When Nehemiah found out what was happening, he became angry. Read Nehemiah 5:6-7.
Then I was very angry when I had heard their outcry and these words. I consulted with myself and contended with the nobles and the rulers and said to them, “You are exacting usury, each from his brother!” Therefore, I held a great assembly against them.
Nehemiah 5:6-7 NASB
Anger itself is not sin. We need to understand that there are things in this world that make God angry. Sin angers God. And because sin angers God, sin should anger us as well. Are we actively seeking to eliminate sin from our life and the lives of those around us? When Nehemiah found out about the sin that was going on in the people, how they were using their own brothers as slaves and charging them interest for loans, he became angry. And then, he did something about it and got everyone together to discuss it.
Anger that comes from God points people toward the holiness of God. When we see things that are sinful and go against God, do we become angry? And then, does that anger push us to action that will lead people back to the holiness of God?