Indignation means to have a righteous anger about an unjust action, mistreatment, or an insult. It’s good to stand up for what we believe in and also to defend others against injustice. In fact to see sin or injustice and do nothing is also sin.
“Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it”. (James 4:17)
Jesus had righteous indignation when he saw people misusing the temple courts. His anger turned the tables against wrong doing. But Jesus was completely righteous and his anger was not something He held onto. He picked His battles correctly, standing up for God, proclaiming the house of God to be a house of prayer.
While many times we are justified to have indignation because of what has been done to us or someone, it is not good to hang onto it. Hanging onto indignation is anger with an attitude and attaches itself to pride. We all know, or should know, that pride always comes before a fall.
Indignation is a sneaky little thing. Since it is caused by some injustice it always “feels right” to hang onto it. After all, no one should get away with injustice. Our God is a God of justice as much as He is a God of grace and love. God’s justice is always righteous. With us it is not always the case. That is why God tells us that vindication is in His hands not ours.
“Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD. (Romans 12:19)
If any of us are to have right attitude then we have to learn to leave the results to God when we come against injustice. We all should take a stand against malice and the evil in this world. Sometimes we take a public stand and sometimes we fight it in the spirit. Often we do both. Again, the hang up is when we hold onto the outcome with indignant anger.
The Bible tells us to anger but sin not. We get angry, and we do become indignant. People can actually become quite offended. Sometimes its just plain justified, but by no means does this mean there is permission to hold onto the offense and allow it to be rooted into a stronghold of bitterness. Evil strongholds are caused by the enemy and not God, but we allow them.
Indignation comes from an action that has caused a wound. The indignation might be justified but we are never justified in allowing a wound to fester. Once we have done all we can to stand, our instructions from God is to continue to stand. He will fight our battle as the righteous judge and believe me, those who committed the injustice will eventually understand their error! God truly IS a righteous judge and He is good at bringing people to repentance. Just remember that even though letting people know they have wronged you is the right thing to do, punishing them is not.
You have to learn to let go and let God handle things. The spirit of indignation would love to attach itself to you and drain the life out of you. Also that prideful anger would love to keep you from God’s miracles. Any sin separates us from God and hanging onto any part of anger once it is expressed is sin.
What a lot of people do not realize is that indignation is a spirit as much as it is an emotion. In fact the sneaky spirit of indignation attaches itself to the emotion in hope of keeping a person angry and upset. This is all a well constructed strategy to keep God’s people from receiving His miracles and blessings.
Today, I want to see you released from indignation that might have been caused for a good reason, but now it has become a stronghold due to hanging onto it. Don’t be fooled. That stronghold of indignation loves to fester inside the wound that was caused from someone’s actions. Don’t let this happen! It will keep you from God’s miracles and it will cause you to react out of the wounds instead of have right actions.
Healing and Deliverance
We thank You for Your goodness and revelations of freedom. Dig deeply into wounds caused by indignation and release them through tears, repentance, and humility.
Release your wounds to Jesus now and let Him take care of the heartache that injustice has caused you. Spend some time doing this with Him. I promise He will meet you right there and will be kind and gentle with you.
Through the power of God’s Holy Spirit and in Jesus’ name, now renounce and cast out the spirit of indignation. Call it what it is, kick it to the curb, wave “bye bye”! Don’t take it back on again!
Dear Jesus, Reveal and break down every stronghold of indignation. Heal wounds and place Your sweet balm upon them. We release every injustice against us into Your hands to deal with as You see fit. We trust Your righteousness to be fair and just. Thank you for healing and for freedom! amen
Free along side you!
Pastor Jenine Marie Howry