A harsh response stirs up wrath.
A gentle answer turns away anger.
“Don’t allow the sun to go down on your anger.”
“For anger does not bring about the will of God.”
“Who can stand before His wrath? Who can resist His fury? His anger pours out like a stream of fire, and the rocks melt before Him… He Himself will make an end of you all.” (Nahum 1: 6, 8, NEB)
Essentially the only time Jesus is recorded as angry is in the temple which is a marketplace rather than a place of worship — a “den of thieves” rather than the “house of the Lord.” Jesus drives out the thieves with the very wrath of God.
Anger is a part of our God. He knows anger; He feels wrath — a need for revenge against enemies. God has enemies; they are us.
God’s gentle response to His anger against us, His enemies, is to send His Son Jesus Christ to die on the Cross in our stead; His wrath is not turned away but poured out on His own Son — His wrath is fully released and totally satisfied.