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SIH STSTA ICONHow often have we heard it said that “Anger is sinful” ?   This statement, in many cases, is a true statement with a Biblical foundation. (Please refer to Eccl 7:9, Gal 5:20, Eph 4:31-32,Col3:8, James 1:19 and many more).

However, for the Christian, it is important to understand that not all types of anger are equal.  There is a special type of anger that is given to us from God.  It serves a useful purpose in our Christian life, and should be an integral part of our walk of faith in the midst of a sinful world.


Let’s see what the Bible teaches us about the anger that pleases God…

THE SCRIPTURE:

 Ps 4:4 (KJV)

4) Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

 

Rom 1:18 (KJV)

18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

 

Eph 4:26 (KJV)

26) Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

 THE STUDY:

Ephesians 4:26 – “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”  – Here we find a type of anger that pleases our Lord.  It is a type of anger that is pointed toward the sin that we see in this fallen world.  It is not a selfish type of anger, it is an anger motivated by Divine holiness and an understanding of sin’s results in the lives of mankind…

There are 6 aspects to this anger:

  1. It is an anger that affects our actions.

The Greek word for anger “orge” is a word that is defined as “to be enraged causing arousal to action”.  Have you ever been so angry you couldn’t hold it in any longer.  This is the type of anger we are talking about.

  1. It is an anger that mirrors the anger of God towards sin.

The Greek word for “anger” in Eph 4:26 is translated “wrath” in Rom 1:18 – “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness”.  The same type of anger God has against sin is the same type we should have against sin. (see also Nums 22:22, Roms 9:22, Eph 5:6 etc)

  1. It is an anger that results in abstinence from sin.

In our Eph text, we can see that the result of being angry at sin is to “sin not”.

  1. It is an anger that we should act upon quickly.

In our text, we can see that we should deal with the issue on a daily basis and not allow this anger to dwell in our lives for an extended period. “Let not the sun go down on your wrath.”

For example, when we experience this type of anger against a sin, we should not put off dealing with it.   When we see sin in our lives that causes us this anger, we are to confess and repent. (1 John 1:8-9)   When we enter into a temptation that will lead to sin, we are to quickly remove ourselves from this temptation.  We are not to “think about it”, nor “dwell on it”. This is reaffirmed in the next verse that says… “Neither give place to the devil”.

Finally, when we see sin in the lives of others, we are to follow Scriptural dictates in dealing with the issue.  For sin in the lives of saved individuals, we are to approach them with humility and love seeking to help them (Gals 6:1-2).  If the sin we see is in the lives of one who has not been saved, we are to share with them the gospel message through our words and actions, realizing their only hope of forgiveness and a changed life lies in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19)

Please notice that Ephesians 4:26 is closely related to Psalm 4:4…

Ephesians 4:26 – “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”

Psalm 4:4 – “ Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

By looking at Psa 4:4. we can learn two more facts about this type of anger….

  1. First of all, the motive driving a Godly anger is spoken of…. It is an awe of God.

To be in “awe” of God means that we begin to see and understand His greatness, holiness, sovereignty and love; as well as all He has done for us.  Why should we be angry at sin?  Because we serve a holy God who loved us and gave Himself for us?  Should we not hate sin as does He?

  1. Also, notice we need to meditate on our day, on His greatness, the sin we have seen, and how we have dealt with that sin.

By meditating on our day, we will be able to identify any missed sin, deal with it and be prepared with a “clean slate” for the coming day.  If we do this, we can then rest peacefully or “be still”; knowing we have done His will.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who are saved …

We should all be asking Him for grace, so that we can have the appropriate anger towards sin and the wisdom to deal with sin when we see it.

For those who have yet to be saved…

The Lord desires for you to deal with the sin that is in your life.  Look into His Word to see God’s attitude about sin, sin’s results for your life and the remedy for your sinful condition.

You can learn more about all these subjects  by looking at my blog page entitled How To Have A Relationship With God

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9 Comments

  1. wdednh says:

    Jesus was Pissed when He stormed the temple on the last week before Crucifixion, So I agree with you %100. Great post.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on my posting…. you are right in relating the type of anger God is pleased with and the account of Christ cleansing the temple. I’m praying for you and asking the Lord to bless you with an understanding of His truth and the exerecise of faith in Him and HIs Word..

      Something to think about:
      The righteous anger exhibited by the Lord cannot be rightfully described by the terms you used in your comments. When our Lord entered the temple and cast out the moneychangers, it was a divine, righteous act that exhibited His Father’s (and His own) glory, and perfection.
      To use the terms you did seems to miss the righteous aspect of His anger. Instead they seem to place this event on the level of other types of carnal. sinful anger that we see on display in our world today.

  2. […] Anger: A Gift From God (via ) Posted on August 26, 2011 by wdednh How often have we heard it said that “Anger is sinful” ?   This statement, in many cases, is a true statement with a Biblical foundation. (Please refer to Eccl 7:9, Gal 5:20, Eph 4:31-32,Col3:8, James 1:19 and many more).   However, for the Christian, it is important to understand that not all types of anger are equal.  There is a special type of anger that is given to us from God.  It serves a useful purpose in our Christian life, and should be … Read More […]

  3. Hi Rob
    Possibly a lot of the problem today is because Christians tend to treat sin as a cream puff instead of the death adder it really is. There is NOTHING good about sin and we need to treat it appropriately.
    Thanks for the good advice.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Angela,

      Over the years I’ve come to see that, in general, both the lost world and Christians are taking sin less and less seriously. We are all becoming very lax and apathetic about sin and it’s affects. May the Lord forgive us.

      Rob

  4. pj54 says:

    Hey Rob! Thank you for this post. I have always wondered about that. I knew He said anger but sin not, and I wondered how to do that. I don’t know about other people, but when I get angry at someone, all kinds of things run through my mind and unfortunately they aren’t from God. (Then I have to do a lot of praying and repenting). Even if I hold my tongue, they are still in my mind, therefore in my heart. I just couldn’t wrap my brain around that scripture of how to be angry, yet not sin. At first I thought it meant just not to say things or do things we would regret, then I remembered about “lusting and committing adultery in the heart”, so I figured the same is true for anger. If we think something bad, it’s just like saying it because it’s in our hearts. Anyway, here I go rambling again. Thank you for CLEARING UP my confusion.
    Thank you also for your comment to my post. I always look forward to your comments. I was so glad to hear from you again after so long.

    God Bless,
    PJ

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Patty,

      When I was younger, I thought that all anger was sinful…. it was only several years ago that I bega to see that anger is a gift form God that we should use in a proper way. May the Lord bless you, PJ>
      Rob

  5. Rob, I’d say this is likely the most helpful explanation of that verse about anger than any I have ever heard or read. Thank you for taking the time to share such valuable insights in your posts.

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