IS GOD MAD AT ME?

Did you ever wonder if God was angry with you about something you said or did?  There are several reasons a person might question whether God is angry with him or her. We tend to evaluate God’s attitude toward us based on our current level of comfort or pleasure. When things go wrong, we might think it is God punishing us in anger.

It is true that God gets angry. However, when we ask if God is mad at us, we usually don’t have in mind the biblical description of divine anger. God’s anger is based on His holiness. He is angry at evil.  God is not like humans (Numbers 23:19; Isaiah 55:8–9). “Human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires” (James 1:20). God’s anger stems from His justice and goodness.

In the New Testament we see Jesus’ anger (Mark 3:5) and read of God’s wrath to come (John 3:36; Romans 2:5; Colossians 3:6; Revelation 11:18; 19:15). But we also see that Jesus delivers us from that wrath (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9).

God is slow to anger (Exodus 34:6; Psalm 86:15; 145:8). His anger has a limit, and there is always the prospect of forgiveness: “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

The more we understand the holiness of God, the more we understand how His anger is justified, and His mercy and patience become that much more impressive. Second Peter 3:9 assures us that God “is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ, you need not fear God’s wrath. God is not angry with you. He has shown His love to you and has made peace with you through Christ (Romans 5:1, 8).  There is nothing that can separate you from the love of God in Christ (Romans 8:31–32, 38–39).  Is God mad at me? If you have trusted Jesus Christ, your sins have been forgiven! 

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