Anger management: How to tell godly anger from ungodly anger

On the surface, anger might seem like a negative emotion, something you need to suppress or avoid.

But even Jesus got angry, says televangelist Andrew Wommack.

His cites this example:  “Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple. He didn’t approach them meekly and say, ‘Guys, I’m sorry. I don’t want to hurt any of you, but I have to do this to obey my Father.’ NO! He made a whip and beat the people and animals and turned over their tables. He was mad.”

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Wommack calls that “righteous anger.”

Ungodly anger is different. It’s directed at other people or circumstances in your path. It is anger, Wommack writes, that comes from how we react to others.

“It’s not what others do to us that makes us angry,” he says. “It’s the pride inside of us that causes us to get mad.”

“If what other people do makes you angry, then you will always be angry because there will always be someone that treats you wrong. That makes you a victim and not a victor.”

Instead, Wommack maintains, we should look inside rather directly anger outside.

“If you are trying to remove all the people and things that make you mad from your path, you will never win,” he writes. “But if you deal with the things inside you that cause your anger, you will never lose, regardless of what others do. That’s the example that Jesus gave us.”

Read more from Andrew Wommack on anger management.