Christian Pilgrim


151. Anger With a Cause

To hate or be angry without a cause is plainly wrong:

Psalm 35:19 - "Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause."

Psalm 69:4 - "They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away."

Psalm 109:3 - "They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause."

Psalm 119:78 - "Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts."

Psalm 119:161 - "Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word."

Proverbs 3:30 - "Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm."

Matthew 5:22 - "But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire."

John 15:25 - "But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause."

But, to be angry or hate with a cause, is good and just and right:

Matthew 5:23,24 - "Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift."

Note: "If he hath ought against thee" (and therefore any anger against him would be without a cause), not "if thou have ought against him" (with just cause).