Anger is an emotion that God has given you: So...Is anger a sin ?
God tells us in Ephesians 4:26; "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:"
God is saying that anger is an emotion that I have given you. When God tells us to "sin not" He means that we are to keep our anger under control. It is an emotion and you must control your emotions. "Let not" your emotions control you. A weak person allows their emotions to control them.
Your anger may turn to bitterness, which will continue for long periods of time. This will distort future behavior and action.
Self-Control is necessary for the angry person. The loss of control may cause your anger to increase. Be careful, anger out of control will be dangerous and threatening. Reaction to your anger may drive people away from you and will be damaging to you and your future. Maturing in your Loving Savior will go a long way in self-control.
Open your heart and mind to the ways of Christ Jesus in your effort to be angry and "sin not." Romans 12:17 tells us; "Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men." There is the story of the little girl involved in a confrontation with her brother. After he cooled down a bit, the little girl drew an imaginary line between them. She then invited her brother to step across the line – he did. She put her arms around him and said, "Now we are both on the same side.
I Peter 5:8 Tells us; "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" The devil’s attack on your weakness will devour you in your frustration and anger. Proverbs 19:11 says; "The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression."
The person who is prone to out-bursts of anger, temper tantrums, verbal and or physical hostility, may be helped through the changing of his or her thoughts.
- Thoughts are voluntary. Your thoughts are brought about by your own free will. Your thoughts are controlled by what you choose to think.
- Thoughts control feelings. Feelings are involuntary and are the result of your thought process.
- The action brought about by your feelings is your behavior.
- Therefore if your thoughts are positive, wholesome and hopeful – your behavior will be positive, wholesome and hopeful.
Philippians 4:5-8; "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing ; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, THINK ON THESE THINGS."
Dr. Richard Dixon