God is good to both the good and the bad. He does not change. He is goodness itself, love itself! And He will always be good.
“But God commends his own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8, WEB-BE
“But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus; for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast.” – Ephesians 2:4-9, WEB
“But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you, that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.” – Matthew 5:44-45, WEB
God does not rejoice at the death of wicked men. He does not desire that any should perish but that all should come to repentance and be saved.
Tell them, ‘“As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live. – Ezekiel 33:11, WEB-BE
“The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but is patient with us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9, WEB
God is merciful. His mercy is infinite, endless and without limit. For as long as He could do something good for us and save us, He will.
“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness.” – Psalm 103:8, WEB-BE
“But you go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” – Matthew 9:13, WEB
God is also just. He forgives those who repent but He does not tolerate evil. Because of this, He gets angry.
“Behold, the LORD’s name comes from far away, burning with his anger, and in thick rising smoke. His lips are full of indignation, and his tongue is as a devouring fire. His breath is as an overflowing stream that reaches even to the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction; and a bridle that leads to ruin will be in the jaws of the peoples.” – Isaiah 30:27-28, WEB-BE
“Your fierce wrath has gone over me. Your terrors have cut me off.” – Psalm 33:18, WEB-BE
The LORD said to Moses, “I have seen these people, and behold, they are a stiff-necked people. Now therefore leave me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them, and that I may consume them; and I will make of you a great nation.” – Exodus 32:9-10, WEB-BE
“I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I lay my vengeance on them.” – Ezekiel 25:17, WEB-BE
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness… “- Romans 1:18, WEB
The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, and the changers of money sitting. He made a whip of cords, and threw all out of the temple, both the sheep and the oxen; and he poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew their tables. To those who sold the doves, he said, “Take these things out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will eat me up.” – John 2:13-17, WEB
He entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there who had his hand withered. They watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day, that they might accuse him. He said to the man who had his hand withered, “Stand up.” He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do harm? To save a life, or to kill?” But they were silent. When he had looked around at them with anger, being grieved at the hardening of their hearts, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored as healthy as the other. – Mark 3:1-5, WEB
Yahweh was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned away from Yahweh, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he didn’t keep that which Yahweh commanded. Therefore Yahweh said to Solomon, “Because this is done by you, and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you, and will give it to your servant. Nevertheless, I will not do it in your days, for David your father’s sake; but I will tear it out of your son’s hand. – 1 Kings 11:9-12, WEB
God shows His anger or even chastises us to discipline us and to prevent us from coming to further harm.
My son, don’t despise the LORD’s discipline,
neither be weary of his reproof:
for whom the LORD loves, he reproves;
even as a father reproves the son in whom he delights.
-Proverbs 3:11-12, WEB-BE
“As many as I love, I reprove and chasten. Be zealous therefore, and repent.” – Revelation 3:19, WEB-BE
God’s anger however is always tempered by His mercy. He has mercy on us because He knows how weak we are. He knows how little knowledge we have of Him.
“At the instant I speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy it; if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do to them. At the instant I speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; if they do that which is evil in my sight, that they not obey my voice, then I will repent of the good with which I said I would benefit them.” – Jeremiah 18:7-10, WEB-BE
“…if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14, WEB-BE
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9, WEB-BE
God’s anger is not beyond what we deserve. It is not uncontrollable or whimsical. God is full of wisdom and His anger is always righteous and without sin.
“Be angry, and don’t sin.” Don’t let the sun go down on your wrath, and don’t give place to the devil. – Ephesians 4:26-27, WEB-BE
“…for the anger of man doesn’t produce the righteousness of God.” – James 1:20, WEB
Why It’s Hard For Us Not To Sin When Angry
1. We often get angry for the wrong reasons e.g. instead of being angry for violation of virtue, we get angry because our pride has been offended.
2. We often get carried away with our anger and we lose our reason thereby making us vulnerable to doing and saying things we’d regret later on.
3. We get angry for far too long. The anger becomes like a poison that harms our soul.
4. We don’t have God’s wisdom. We may get angry at the wrong person. We may also inflict punishments that are really harsh and are far heavier than the sin committed.
5. Our anger is often not mitigated by mercy and love. Instead of correcting evil, we often become the evil we wanted to reject. We may also be inclined to desiring the harm of others instead of praying that they repent, amend their ways and turn back to God.
6. Our anger sometimes lead to lack of hope or lack of faith, taking everything upon our own hands as though God would not render justice where it is due or show mercy to those who have been oppressed.