Yes, God gets angry but he also loves you perfectly. God’s anger is righteous, under control and never petty. Human anger often is filled with pride, hate or other sinful motives. God opposes the wicked and his anger is meant to turn them from evil and towards the forgiveness and freedom found in Jesus.
God’s character and power are beyond our ability to fully comprehend. However, many today look at God’s love and ignore the rest of his holy and perfect character. They draw comfort from the idea that God’s love is unconditional and he never gets upset. Others are stuck in the belief that every mistake they make triggers God’s anger.
Both views are misguided. God’s anger for evil is as strong as his love for good. He does not want to get angry or punish us. He created us for joy and harmony with him.
As Chris Tiegreen wrote, “God created us for relationship, and while he is in need of nothing, he has made himself relationally vulnerable to the desires, affections, and commitments of his people. He didn’t have to; he willingly chose to call us friends. And there is ample scriptural evidence that he can be grieved, moved, delighted, angered, pleased, and blessed by our response to him.”
Most of us can appreciate the anger a parent has when his child is threatened and heading for a painful outcome. Like us, God works to avoid those outcomes and loves us more than we deserve. Do not get caught up in the concepts of anger and judgment when you consider God but think of how far he has gone to pay the price for our sins and how he offers us a path to reconciliation without judgment. He would much rather show his love, mercy and forgiveness than express his anger.
The reality is that a perfectly righteous and holy God must bring justice for sin in the world. The good news is that God loves us despite our disobedience and rebellion. And for those that have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they are not only forgiven of their sins but they are no longer subject to God’s wrath for their sin.
Don’t be fooled by “all-or-nothing” thinking that God is so unconditionally accepting that he looks the other way when we sin or is always angry when we mess up. God’s anger is different than ours but he is filled with righteous love that he fiercely hopes you will accept.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. Psalm 103:8-13
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