Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger

Ephesians 4:26 

How Can We Be Angry and Not Sin? (Eph 4:26)

| May 16, 2016

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Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. —Ephesians 4:26

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Taken from Jon Bloom’s article “How Can We Be Angry and Not Sin?”

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Is this even possible?

Not if perfect, sinless anger is the requirement, since sin infects everything we think, say, and do.

But I don’t think Paul had perfect, sinless anger in mind when he quoted King David from Psalm 4:4 to the Ephesians. Paul’s point seems to be that not all anger Christians experience is rooted in the prideful, selfish soil of our sin nature.

There is a kind of anger that comes from our regenerate, Spirit-directed nature, even if it is unavoidably tainted by our indwelling sin as it passes through the defective filters of our minds and mouths. And because the Holy Spirit through David and Paul instructs us to “be angry,” it means some things must make us righteously angry.

So what does righteous anger look like in a Christian?

Read the rest of the article here.


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| May 18, 2011

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Richard Baxter instructs believers in the battle against anger: Be careful to keep a humbled soul that does not think too highly of itself, for humility is patient and does not exaggerate injuries. A proud man considers things as heinous or intolerable that are said or done against him. He that thinks lowly of himself […]

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| May 16, 2011

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Our anger is dangerous. And the clock is ticking. True, there is righteous anger that is rightfully riled at the God-belittling sin we see around—and in us. Sometimes Jesus exuded compassion over the hardness of heart he encountered, but other times he expressed righteous anger, especially toward two-faced leaders. The Bible frequently characterizes God as […]

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