Not all anger is bad, but not all anger is good either. There are essentially 4 types of anger. When we can figure out which anger we are, we can start to do something about it.
(Points taken from Pastor Ronnie's sermon on anger)
1. Short Fuse Anger
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly (Proverbs 14:17)
This is the type of anger that produces road rage. Yes, even when your car has a SoulQuest Church sticker... Do you get angry and lose your cool with your family? Do the circumstances in your life cause you to be angry quickly?
Our response to short fuse anger is vital. When we lose our cool and go off on those around us, we are sinning. How will you respond next time that slow car stays in the left lane?
2. Sinful Anger
22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. (Matthew 5:21-22)
Most of us have called others something worse than "You good for nothing." Sinful anger is found entirely in our responses. When someone does something to us that seems unfair, how will we respond?
3. Stubborn Anger
26 Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity.
This is that childlike anger. When we don't get our way about something, and we sulk. It's like when were kids and didn't get to do whatever the heck we wanted. Many times children will just pout.
Stubborn anger causes us to pout and cry "Poor pitiful me." Stubborn anger says that someone owes us something. Instead of being stubborn, we need to take the mindset of Christ and be forgiving. Forgiveness conquers anger.
4. Sanctified Anger
This is the good anger. It's righteous anger. It's the type of anger that Jesus felt when he tossed tables in the temple. The people had turned a house of God into a Farmer's Market. Jesus was passionate about His Father's house.
What are you passionate about? What makes you angry? What in the world is something you are righteously angry over? Is it sex slavery? Fostering children? Homeless communities?
What can you do about the problem that you are passionate about? God wants to use your righteous anger and passion to change the world!