Billy Graham

Billy Graham: Your anger is not the same as God’s

Q: I admit I get angry fairly easily, but why is anger supposed to be a sin? — R.T.

A: When Jesus discovered some men were making money from people who had come to worship in God’s house, he too was angry. He said, “It is written … ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers’ ” (Matthew 21:13).

But Jesus’ anger was far different from ours. Our anger is centered only on ourselves and our desires, and when we don’t get what we want, we get upset.

But Jesus’ anger wasn’t like this. He was angry because the merchants were treating God’s house with contempt. Instead of a selfish anger, his is a righteous anger.

Don’t excuse your anger, and don’t let it destroy you and those around you — as it will, if left unchecked.