Sometimes, a holy anger happens for God’s sake, but it does not have nervousness and loss of temper, it is a holy zeal.
James, the apostle, said about human anger “…for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” (James 1:20) Our saintly fathers, have many sayings on rebuking anger.
St. Aughoris said, “The prayer of the angry is a defiled and rejected incense and the offering of the angry is unaccepted.” He also said: “Anger is an action of the insane… It makes humans like beasts… the eyes of the angry are evil, full of blood, while the face of the gentle is radiant and his eyes look with dignity.”
St. Agathon used to say, “Even if the angry raised the dead, it is not accepted by God and nobody will come forward to him.”
An elderly man said, “The one whose heart is not saddened when his brother disputes with him is like the angels. If he disputes with him, too, he later and reconciles immediately. This is the action of strugglers. On the other hand, he who upsets his brothers, gets angry with them and hatred settles in his heart, is a follower of the devil, disobedient to God and God will not forgive his sins as far as he does not forgive the sins of his brothers… ”
St. Ephram, the Syrian said, “The wrathful kills himself. He is a stranger to blame and has poor health because his body withers all the time. His spirit is sad and is hated by all.”
St. Ephram also said, “he who hides envy in his heart is like the one who keeps a serpent in his lap. Smoke drives the bees away and hatred drives knowledge away from the heart.”
St. Isaiah said, “Anger is desiring to achieve what you want by force, without exercising humility.” St. Augustine said, “What is anger? It is the desire for revenge… If God, despite our offences, does not wish to wreak vengeance on us… do we ask for revenge for ourselves and sin against God everyday?!”
St. Augustine said, “What is anger? It is the desire for revenge… If God, despite our offences, does not wish to wreak vengeance on us… do we ask for revenge for ourselves and sin against God everyday?!”
If we refer to the Holy Bible, we will find that it says, “Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry. For anger rests in the bosom of fools.” (Ecce. 7:9). It also says, “Make no friendship with an angry man. And with a furious man do not go.” (Prov 22:24).