What does the Bible mean when it says to be angry but don’t sin?
When is it OK to be angry?
What does OK anger look like and act like?
New King James Version (NKJV)
26 “Be angry, and do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your wrath,…..”
OR, a different translation:
The Message (MSG)
26-27 Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.
I have struggled with anger as long as I can remember.
Recently, I’ve been learning to get to the root of my anger issue. It’s been quite an interesting journey.
One of the most fascinating things that I’ve discovered, is that . . .
it’s not what happens to me that stirs up my anger, but what I say to myself about it.
If I start telling myself that “I didn’t deserve that, or how could they dare ______, or who do they think they are, or how many times do I need to ____ ,” I will fuel my anger.
If I ask myself why I am getting angry and try to determine the root cause, I can diffuse the anger very quickly.
- Am I putting someone or something in a place that should only be held by God?
- Am I angry at the total person, and not the sinful thing that they did?
- Am I angry because I am embarrassed, fearful, or proud?
Jesus does not like my sin, and yet he gave His life for me. He didn’t reject me or get angry with me. He hates my sin and yet loves me, the sinner.
Understanding more about what makes God angry, and how He deals with it, has changed the way I view my children when they do something wrong.
More about the ‘when is it OK to be angry’ and ‘be angry and sin not’ in the next post.
I’d love to read your views!