Read: Hebrews 12:25-29
Sinful human beings usually get angry for all the wrong reasons. The holy God is angry for all the right reasons. Rom. 1:18 says, “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” God hates sin and is intolerant of anyone or anything that would compete for His glory.
A. W. Pink commented on why remembering God’s righteous wrath will aid you in your own struggle against sin. He said, “The wrath of God is a perfection of the divine character on which we need to meditate frequently. First, that our hearts may be impressed by God’s hatred of sin. We are ever prone to regard sin lightly, to gloss over its hideousness, to make excuses for it. But the more we study and ponder God’s abhorrence of sin and His frightful vengeance upon it, the more likely we are to realise its heinousness. Second, to beget a true fear in our souls for God. We cannot serve Him acceptably unless there is deep reverence for His majesty and godly fear of His righteous anger. These are best promoted by frequently calling to mind that our God is a consuming fire. Third, to draw out our soul in fervent praise to Jesus Christ for having delivered us from the wrath to come. In truth, our readiness or our reluctance to meditate upon the wrath of God becomes a test of how our hearts stand toward Him.”
We may forget that God hates sin absolutely and also the fact that God had poured out His wrath upon His own Son, Jesus. Can we view sin the way God sees it? Can we ask Him to make us turn our faces away from anything that will make Him angry? If we do that, we will sense His holiness and the true depth of His love for us. Heb. 12:28-29 says, “…let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.”