The following article is a commentary on the Biblical passage Ephesians 4:26-27 and how it applies to anger. The author begins by stating that the passage makes room for anger that is not sin, but that we often exploit this legal loophole by justifying our own anger while demonizing the anger of others. Jesus provides examples of how to be angry without sinning - always in response to wrongs done to others, never in response to personal attacks. Similarly, the author of Psalm 4 instructs us to be introspective and to consider our own hearts before reacting in anger. This is the quality of righteous indignation - slow to build and based on wisdom and fear of the Lord. We are to submit to God, pray for His guidance, and remember His grace.
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Ephesians 4:26–27 makes room for anger that is not sin.
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26–27)
The problem is that we are happy to exploit what seems to be a legal loophole. Anger, in its very nature, is self-justifying. My anger is righteous; your anger is not. So if we are to find some righteous wiggle room here, we must proceed very carefully.
Let’s begin with what is clear. The passage names anger as a close neighbor of the devil. At a moment’s notice, anger can drift toward h...
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