“‘In your anger do not sin:’ Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” -Ephesians 4:26-27
Anger is not a sin — angry words are. Feeling angry is not bad — saying nasty stuff is. In fact, almost every part where the Bible talks in terms of anger as a sin, it has to do with what you say. What you say. Anger is not something to feel guilty about. If you’re a good person, you’re an angry person because when you see things that aren’t right and it stirs up anger in your soul. Anger is what happens when a personal boundary is crossed or a personal limit is exceeded, rather. So that could be a boundary, an unmet desire, it could be evil, it could be just something in your body – you’re not feeling well, you’re sick. Christians oftentimes feel guilty about feeling angry, but that’s often because Christians oftentimes have a low self-esteem. You see if you have self-respect, you also will have anger from time to time, and that’s okay, but what we do with that anger is what’s really important.
PRAYER: Help us, Lord, to not sin with our words when we are angry.
REFLECTION: Have you said things out of anger this week?