Please turn in the Bible to the place where it is written: “And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.”
It is a very good question to ask yourself when you become angry? “Do you well?”
If someone close to you has said something cruel to you, “Do you well?” If you have been treated unfairly, “Do you well?” If you have been slighted and overlooked, or mocked, or defrauded … “Do you?”
When is it good to be angry? If someone thinks poorly of you, does this practically damage you in some way? If they say an unkind or thoughtless word, is it not merely between them and their God when you get right down to it? Why then become unsettled? “Do you well?”
One person is as another. The thoughts of men are vain, which you very well know. Some are arrogant, some are misinformed, some are thoughtless and cruel. What is it to you? Really?
Do you know the eternal God? not just know of Him, but have a living and personal interaction with a genuine historical being named Jesus Christ? What is the broken commotion stirring in the hearts of the selfish and carnal soul about you … what is it … in comparison to THIS? Really? Must you let such pittance distract you from Him and from His beauty? Must you waste your passion and energy foaming in discontent? Will you truly let the enemy of your soul rob you of your joy in Him for one more moment? “Do you well to be angry?”
If your wrath lasts into the night, it is certainly not a godly thing. Let not the sun go down upon your wrath … let your angers and disappointments and negativity be fleeting things, and only as an instinct from God to you in protecting yourself and others from violence and danger. Certainly you have emotions and will react in the flesh at times, but do not spend your days sulking and fuming over personal offences … this is a waste of your eternal soul, and a great disappointment to your Father. It is here that the enemy traps you with the sins of others and drags you down into the miry clay. You must stand upright, lift up the hands which hang down and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way … but let it rather be healed. (Heb 12:12-13)