Earlier in Forgiving the Unforgivable, Dr. David Stoops stated that anger is a necessary part of the forgiveness process. But not all types of anger are created equal. Is there a type of anger that is productive?
Dr. Stoops describes healthy anger this way: “Healthy anger involves a concern with justice, with protecting you and me, and is disciplined in its actions. . . . Healthy anger is essential to the forgiveness process. In fact, if we try to forgive without experiencing anger, we are not really forgiving; we are merely trying to excuse the behavior.”
Consider James 1: 19-20: “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life God desires.”