Journey Through Ephesians, #16
Anger is not sin. It’s what you do with your anger that could become sin. Read Ephesians 4:25-28.
Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor , for we are members of one another. be angry , and yet do not sin ; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity. He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.
Ephesians 4:25-28 NASB
Paul moves to several discussion points now about how someone should act. He reminds us that we can be angry but that we should not sin. This is an important distinction because so often Christians are told that being angry is a sin. It is not sinful to be angry. What one does with their anger and how they respond and react in anger is what could potentially become sin.
Anger can have amazingly positive results because we can become angry at injustices and wrongs in the world and our anger can spur us to take action and make things right. Do we become angry at the things that anger God? What do we do when we become angry?
There’s another verse in James that discusses that the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. When we are angry, are we angry with God’s anger or are we only angry with human anger? We must be focused on the things that God is angry about, not the things that just make us angry.