In today’s (chronological) Bible reading… Nehemiah 5-7… Nehemiah faces opposition – from inside the walls and from outside.
The enemy was attacking from outside because they didn’t want they walls of Jerusalem to be rebuilt… and certainly not by Nehemiah and the Jews!
But, Nehemiah was also forced to deal with the selfishness and greed of his own people within the walls. How did Nehemiah respond? With anger, determination, resolve, and by living a life of example.
Was it okay for Nehemiah to be angry? Isn’t anger a sin?
Jesus got angry, yet Jesus never sinned. Jesus said there were times to be angry, but not to sin in your anger. It is good to have a righteous anger toward sin. But, be careful… that’s a fine line to walk.
Aristotle said, “It is easy to fly into a passion – anybody can do that – but to be angry with the right person to the right extent and at the right time and with the right object and in the right way – that is not easy, and it is not everyone who can do it.”