When does anger become sinful (Ephesians 4:26)?


Ephesians 4:17 - 32

ESV - 17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In the cited passage, Paul is quoting from Psalm 4:4.

Since the Bible (in both the Old and New Testaments) attributes anger to God (as in Psalm 7:11), as well as to Christ in His incarnation (as in John 2:13-16), the emotion is not sinful in and of itself. Its sinfulness is contingent upon its motive or result. I would say that it becomes sin 

1) when it contributes or leads to an action that is itself a sin; 

2) when it contributes or leads to an action that is committed with a sinful purpose (even if the action is not itself a sin), or 

3) when (in contrast to the guidance given by Paul in the Ephesians 4:26) it is unnecessarily prolonged and harbored by willful decision rather than expeditiously resolved, either through reconciliation/forgiveness or putting the matter in question into God's hands for resolution.

August 25 2021 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
James 1:19-20 says, “But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.” Compare this with:

“Don’t be one who is quick to quarrel, for an argument is hard to stop, and you never know how it will end, so don’t even start down that road!” (Pr 17:14).

So, if you are not slow to anger, that is, if you get angry really fast, it’s sinful. Love is both patient and not provoked (I Corinthians 13:4-5). If you get provoked too easily, it’s sinful. If you are impatient a lot, and it leads to throwing things, slamming doors, giving someone "the silent treatment," or acts of violence, it is sinful.

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