Ephesians 4:26. “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.”
The first two commands in this passage: Stop lying. Speak truth.
Today, the commands are: Don’t sin in your anger; don’t end the day angry.
“Well,” you may say, “That’s all well and good, but if someone makes me mad, I can’t help it!”
And my reply is always, “Yes, you can! God doesn’t give us commands that we cannot follow. “
Here’s the simple truth: Anger is a choice. We decide to become angry; we decide to behave horribly while we are angry; we choose to carry the anger across several days, making many other people miserable in the process.
Anger, in and of itself, is not sinful. The Bible mentions God’s anger over 450 times, and He never sins! Where the sin comes in is when we give the anger free rein and behave according to the flesh instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to calm our hearts.
There are some things we NEED to be angry about. I, for instance, am angry every single time I hear about another child who has been molested. That child will never be the same. Sexual molestation touches not just the body, but also the heart and soul. However, I do not find a gun and go out and shoot the molester. The anger isn’t sinful, but murder is.
We need to be angry about abortion; about domestic violence; about the horrendous efforts over the last eight years to sabotage our freedoms and the America we are losing through our lack of knowledge and our laziness.
I am angry at the ridiculous circus a certain candidate has made of the election process, calling names and launching personal attacks. He has no dignity whatsoever. Yes, I’m angry about that. But I’m not going to stoop to his level, and I’m not going to hire someone to assassinate him.
Instead of acting out in anger, I will continue to pray that God will intervene in spite of our apathy.
And never go to bed angry. Forgive, restore, reconcile. If it is more important for you to win than it is to reconcile, then you are an angry, unhappy person. That is sad, because you are missing out on so many wonderful relationships. Being RIGHT above all, never admitting fault, refusing to forgive, all make you a very lonely, very unlovely person.