What Does it Mean ‘In Your Anger Do Not Sin’?

Anger in itself is not a wrong emotion or feeling. What matters is what it is that drives us to be angry and how we manage our anger. Repeatedly we express our resentment in sinful manners.

  • Chris Swanson Contributing Writer
  • 2021 12 Jul
Angry man walking down the street

"Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." ~ Ephesians 4:26-29 ESV

Paul speaks on living as a new person. Ephesians 4:17-32 is an important, exceptionally viable clarification of how to carry on with a Christian life. Paul takes note of the distinction between a day-to-day existence floundering under the force of transgression, instead of a day-to-day existence flourishing in the power of Christ.

Christians are approached to set aside or put away the things that trap unbelievers. This incorporates sins like perniciousness, criticism, upheaval, and harshness. All things being equal, we ought to exhibit a Christ-like disposition of adoration, love, pardoning, and forgiveness.

The rundown of viable orders Paul started in verse 25 proceeds by handling the subject of outrage or anger. Two standards are given. To begin with, Paul instructs that anger is not off base or wrong.

What Does 'Be Angry and Sin Not' Mean?

Anger itself is not a wrongdoing; there are a few things Christians should be irate about. God communicates anger (Exodus 4:14). Jesus showed controlled displeasure against the tax collectors when he turned over the tables (John 2:13-17).

Be that as it may, uncontrolled displeasure and anger can lead to committing a transgression. Being irate is not a pardon to sin or an excuse to commit sin. Discretion is needed to direct anger in a God-regarding way.

One approach to control outrage is given by Paul in his subsequent order, “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath” (Ephesians 4:26). The attention is not on the actual sunset, as though there is a certain time of day when all annoyances must be disregarded.

The fact is we should not allow time to pass prior to managing any anger. Christians are to focus on managing their anger in a proper way and at a proper time. If not, harshness or the longing for retaliation can develop, prompting more wicked thinking and negative activities.

Anger can be a useful feeling yet should be dealt with cautiously and rapidly to try not to prompt sin. It is anything but intended for us to continually live in anger, just that we managed our anger.

The Bible does not reveal to us that we ought not to feel anger, however, it calls attention to that handle our displeasure appropriately. Whenever ventilated negligently, anger can hurt others and obliterate our relationships.

Whenever restrained, it can become severe and destroy us from the inside. Paul advises us to manage our resentment promptly in such a way that develops our relationships instead of tearing them down.

On the off chance that we nurture our displeasure, we will offer Satan a chance to separate us. In the event that we are irate and angry with somebody at this moment, how would we be able to deal with or resolve our disparities? Try not to allow the day to end before we start to deal with retouching our relationships.

If We Are to 'Be Angry and Sin Not' Is it Wrong to Feel Angry?

Christians are told that they can feel anger, be that as it may, with specific conditions and with specific individuals. There is by all accounts a thought that has been circumventing that Christians are to be weak, bashful, excessively quiet, and that the individual in question is to be sweet under any and all conditions and circumstances.

No Christian can be nonpartisan in the spiritual warfare of God’s Truth. Christians can despise the transgression, yet notwithstanding, we ought not to loathe or detest the individual with an intrinsic contempt or malice.

Something that ought not to be in the existence of any Christian is malice. “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind” (1 Peter 2:1).

Peter encouraged Christians to cherish each other profoundly, truly, exhaustingly, from unadulterated hearts. They had been born again through God’s Word, which keeps going on forever. They had become individuals who would live eternally, with the ability to give valid, Christlike love to one another.

All in all, incorporated into our way of life as Christians is the obligation to love one another. This is not a result of how it will profit us, but since it is the thing that our Holy Father does. It is one way that God communicates his sacredness (1 Peter 1:15-16). We are made to do likewise.

Peter depicts the manners by which we neglect to offer love to one another. He composes that we should dispose of these five mentalities and activities, which go against love. For each situation, they address a decision to zero in on personal advantage far beyond the interests of another person.

Does Anger Really Lead to Sin?

Malice is an insidious intention or desire to do harm or evil, having an ill-will, expecting someone else to be hurt. Deceit is purposeful unscrupulousness. Hypocrisy is likewise erroneousness, a falsehood, holding others to guidelines we ourselves do not satisfy, due to our pride.

Envy has been designated as a feeling of discontent or a resentful longing or desire on somebody who has what we desire. Evil speaking, or slander, is utilizing lies or misdirecting words to hurt another person’s standing.

To take care of these perspectives and activities means not serving ourselves first or over any other individuals. The church, the local body of believers, is proposed to be where every one of us is certain of God’s consideration and giving.

The relationships we have with one another should liberate us from advancing and defending ourselves and empower us to accomplish the Lord’s work by openly and completely loving each other as our Heavenly Father loves us. Holding onto scorn and evil sentiments gives the Devil a benefit or an advantage in our lives.

How Did Jesus Demonstrate Righteous Anger?

Our Lord showed anger in Mark 3:1-6. Jesus had gone into a synagogue, and there was a man with a withered hand.

What angered him was that the Pharisees had planted the man there just to perceive what Jesus would do.

He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. (Mark 3:5).

Jesus was furious about the Pharisees’ cutthroat mentalities. Anger in itself is not a wrong emotion or feeling. What matters is what it is that drives us to be angry and how we manage our anger. Repeatedly we express our resentment in narrow-minded and destructive manners.

Conversely, Jesus communicated his anger by remedying an issue, healing the man’s withered hand. We are to utilize our anger and resentment to discover valuable and constructive ways to solve a problem as opposed to destroying or tearing down individuals.

"Be angry and sin not." It seems a lot harder to accomplish in today's culture that glorifies anger and revenge.  But we must remember Jesus' example and refrain from an anger that leads to sin.

For further reading:

Is it Wrong to Be Angry with God?

Control Your Anger So It Won’t Control You

Does God Get Angry as We Do?

Is it True That Sin Begins in Secret?

Why Do We Forget to Hate the Sin and Love the Sinner?

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Chris SwansonChris Swanson answered the call into the ministry over 20 years ago. He has served as a Sunday School teacher, a youth director along with his wife, a music director, an associate pastor, and an interim pastor. Chris is a retired Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman with over 30 years of combined active and reserve service. During his service, he received numerous awards and citations. Chris holds a Doctor of Ministry, an M.B.A., and a B.S. in health administration. Chris and his wife Vicki of 24 years reside in Madison, Alabama. If you are interested in having Chris deliver God's Word at your place of worship, you can reach him here.