He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.
When Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath, it was considered doing wrong – it was actually unlawful. He was angered by the reactions of the Jewish leaders, because He knew they were setting Him up and knew their hearts were stubborn. Nevertheless, He acted with compassion and healed the man’s hand anyway.
I learn from Ephesians 4:26: “In your anger do not sin.” Some people preach that any time your temperature rises, you are wrong because “people should never get angry, it’s a sign of sin and weakness.”
I beg to differ. Mark shows us that even Jesus got angry, and Ephesians suggests it’s expected we’ll get angry, but that anger is no excuse for sinning.
In fact, not being angry is sometimes a bad spot to be in. When we see abuse or manipulation or thievery or exploitation, we should feel incensed. If you don’t get mad during, say, films about the Holocaust, or Planned Parenthood videos showing butchered babies, or television footage of Muslim terrorists attacking a village, then something’s wrong with you. Your “anger button” is broken and needs to be repaired.
Sweet Freedom in Action
Remember that righteous anger is expressed in productive ways. Today, feel free to get angry at the things that anger God.