SOURCE: Living Free
“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath.” Psalm 37:8 NIV
“In your anger do not sin.” Ephesians 4:26 NIV
The Bible tells us to refrain from anger.
It also tells us to be angry, but not to sin.
Although this first sounds like a contradiction, a study of the scriptures reveals that there are times when anger is accepted and appropriate – and other times when it is not. The Bible teaches that it is what makes us angry and how we express it that determine whether anger is right or wrong.
Throughout the Old Testament we read time and again of God’s anger – always directed at people’s sin. And in the New Testament, Jesus expressed his anger and cleansed the temple of the greedy money changers who were showing dishonor and disrespect and defiling and disrupting God’s house.
And so we know that there are times when anger is the most appropriate behavior. But what about when we become angry for selfish reasons … or express our anger in spiteful ways? In your anger do not sin.
What is the source of your anger? Do you get angry when you are denied something you want? Or because someone didn’t respond to you the way you desired? … Or are you angry because God is being dishonored? What is making you angry … and what are you going to do about it? The answers to these questions will determine the right and the wrong of it.
Lord, forgive me for the times I’ve become angry for the wrong reasons and the times I’ve expressed anger in hurtful ways. I pray that you will help me not to sin in my anger. In Jesus’ name …
These thoughts were drawn from …
Anger: Our Master or Our Servant by Larry Heath.