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Is It Sin To Get Angry

The Bible says be angry and sin not,let not the sun go down upon your wrath. This sounds like anger itself isn't sin, but to harbor anger is. What does it mean?

Moderator - Yes. However, that doesn't mean go around being angry as we are to walk in love.

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it isn't a sin to be angry but it is how we handle anger.
---shira4368 on 11/18/11

//but to harbor anger is?//

Being human if we harbor or let anger fester then we project that anger on other people, on daily life, etc. It allows Satan to get a foothold so that simple conflicts get to be really huge conflicts. Eventually you will slip-up and sin. Agree with moderator.
---Scott1 on 11/14/11

I do know many bible translations leave that little part out, "WITHOUT A CAUSE".
--Jerry 6/16/06
Long time ago.
I use the KJV which includes the clause. Can anyone tell me which versions do not include it? That would seem to be a major translation difference.
---Rocky on 11/14/11

I believe Shawn M.T answers were explained very good concering anger. I sure wish he was still here answering questions. But I suppose God moved him on to do other things.
---Mark_V. on 11/14/11

hello,yes br.John finally,found my text there are many bloggs similar on here years bk. It's a good blogg.. lesson learned and yes,I gave it to him.No one took responsibility and I told his mom yes,I forgive...I have learn alot from this..many ways.
---ELENA on 11/13/11

John: Your use of Jesus' actions is very dangerous. Jesus, as God's Son, had many rights that we do not have.

Consider the disciples. We are never told that they acted on anger. Rebuking we have, but not 'getting mad at people'

We are also told to forgive. Remember the two debtors in Matt 18.
---Peter on 10/29/11

anger is an emotion just like happiness sadness etc

every human being will express some level of anger throughout their lives

the lesson within Ephesians 4 is to put away anger and the way you walked as a Gentile because you now have the understanding anger is from Satan give Satan a foothold in your life each time you entertain anger

you will be angry at times however at the end of the day let it go do not hold onto the anger day after day as the Gentiles do unaware they entertain evil spirits ...wrath (prolonged anger) WILL MOST CERTAINLY consume one's mind and body and the result will eventually lead one away from GOD
---Rhonda on 10/30/11


And many post here are either lying or are ignorant of scripture.


"No it isn't a sin to get angry. It is a sin to act upon being angry. For example if someone said something to you and it made you angry and you hit them.
---Rebecca_D on 9/22/08
HE SIN?????


---John on 10/28/11

hello,Family, yes..didn't ever think I'd be goin' thru this but,your faith or your "constitution" like my mom used to say will be challenge - Satan knows our weakness & waits.. the appropiate moment(perhaps when "weakest" or off guard) anger flarred me...a beautifull gift my friend she left hereMich. God healed her vision!Thanks... PrayerRoom... Lill' kid burned up purse she sent me!I felt so shock 'n hurt,angry.... Can't get angry with a 5 year old.. the parent said nothing... I stay to myself.. Gave it to the lord. Move on.Child angry cuz I told him,wud get'm a keyboard... didn't give me time.Kids r kids... They don't understand difficulties.. lesson learned. God bless all... ELENA
---ELENA on 10/28/11

I think there is a righteous anger and there is a sinful anger.However the bible commands us in Ecclesiastes 7:9 that " Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,for anger resides in the lap of fools".
We need to be filled with Holy Spirit rather than being driven by flesh
---mj on 9/25/11

2) When noticing an injustice an understanding heart will feel mercy & compassion for the despaired as well as for them causing the desperation. But a heart that is lacking in understanding will feel for one and will be angry toward the other.

We're all lacking in the peaceful understanding of God's Wisdom in some area of life but we are not to allow the light of God to go down on this anger. Once it is gone we will cease to see the injustice and are left with a lack of peace in our hearts.

We can depart from evil and find the understanding peace of God's Wisdom in our hearts from enduring with the anger through prayer with His Holy Spirit, from which we get the necessary discernment to understand the Wisdom of His Word.
---Shawn.M.T on 10/1/08

--To Whomsoever has an ear to hear?

When we are firmly set in not sinning when angry, we'll see the scriptures pointing to something really amazing. The ability to gain understanding from anger!!!...and what make it amazing is that "departure from evil is understanding"(Job 28:28)

As the Lord's light shining on our anger it reveals an area of our heart that is lacking the peaceful understanding of His Wisdom.

Psalm 145:8 states the Lord is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, and great mercy. Prov.16:32 refers to us who are slow to anger being better than the mighty (Prov. 16:32). By remembering & remaining in God's loving compassion & mercy, we will see our anger slowed down. part 2
---Shawn.M.T on 9/30/08

No it isn't a sin to get angry. It is a sin to act upon being angry. For example if someone said something to you and it made you angry and you hit them. The bible says to be angry and sin not. Meaning don't act upon while being angry. Yes Jesus got angry. So didn't Peter, he cussed and cut a man's ear off when he was there to take Christ away. When all of those people were spitting on Christ and treating him awful, and while Christ was on the cross he could have send ten-thousand angels down from heaven, but he didn't. Instead he said Father forgive them for they know not what they do. Jesus was angry but he sinned not.
---Rebecca_D on 9/22/08

Darlene1:-YES most certainly anger is a forerunner of Hatred which leads to mortal it leads to killing, death forfiture of anothers life."5.Thou shalt not Kill".Anger is therefore one of the Human vices which need strict CONTROL.
---MIC on 9/20/08

Many of you say that God and Jesus get angry, but look at ALL the godly people in scripture that got angry - every one of them.
---Steveng on 9/17/08

Let's not forget Ephesians 4:31-32 which says "Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you." (NLT) It's hard to be kind and tender-hearted towards someone if we are angry with them.
---Kate on 9/16/08

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Moderator is 100% correct. And trust me when I say you need God for this type of love you can only get it from God. Who gets it from God? Only God's people has this kind of power. To forgive ones enemies. No fakeing it. Truly walking in love. God, power, Saints has it.
---catherine on 5/21/08

Anger itself is not a sin, as the scriptures speak of God's anger and wrath many times, and we know God does not sin. Jesus said it is a sin to be angry at your brother without a cause. I think you are right in your reasoning that harboring anger is a sin. I think we should be angry at sin, at evil, at those things that God hates. But I think we should be sure to separate sin from the sinner. Hate the sin, love the sinner. :-)
---Todd1 on 5/21/08


Excellent answer! Amen!
---trey on 5/20/08

Anger Breeds Hatred, Hatred Breeds Sin.
Nothing Good can come from the emotion of Anger & Hatred...
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 5/20/08

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I don't find anger and love to be synonymous.

I watched a young woman in traffic, hollaring, screaming, making lude hand gestures at everyone on the sidewalk, screaming at the cars along side her. It was evident it was anger, rage of the abnormal kind. She was a hazard in town, darting, slamming on her brakes, hollaring and screaming. This kind of anger, rage doesn't belong behind the wheel.
---lisa on 5/20/08

The passage in Ephesians that says "Be angry but do not sin" can just as easily be translated as a question: "Are you angry and not sinning?"
---LoveOneAnother on 5/20/08

Anger isn't a sin. It is an emotion, like love. We are created in God's image. In Ps 7:11 "God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry [with the wicked] every day." God is an angry God, but God certain does NOT sin. So we can be angry and sin not. Meaning if someone keeps their anger, well it can lead to such sins as murder, being the extreme. Just like love being an emotion, love is good and 1John 4:8 "God is love." The wrong type of love leads to lust which is a sin.
---Tammy on 5/20/08

I felt very angry towards a particular Bus driver yesterday and in my flesh wanted to go and tell him right in his face what I thought. So I told the Lord all about it instead, then silently forgave the man and prayed for him. He suddenly drove properly and was nice for the first time. Don't let the sun go down on your wrath -- normal to feel angry, but cut it right off.
---Helen_5378 on 5/19/08

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Jesus fought Satan's temptation by the Word of God.

Matthew 4:3-4 - And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

---Leona on 6/6/07

We all have our spirts. And believe me, when anger becomes sin you will know it. Just try and learn to get over it real quick like.
---catherine on 6/5/07

Even Jesus got angry on several occassions, but it is wrong to hold that anger and let it fester within you. Holding a grudge is wrong and allowing your anger to cause you to seek revenge or to lose sight of all that is good around you is deadly to the soul.
---lorra8574 on 6/5/07

Anger isn't sin as long as it doesn't lead you to wrath (aggressive rage) which is one of the seven deadly sins. However although anger prepares you for battle, it makes a for a useless weapon. Ec. 7:9 "Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bosom of fools" Eph. 4 "Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor (screaming), and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice (bad behavior that causes trouble)". Peace be unto you.
---josef on 6/5/07

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Its hard to keep the flesh in check,slow to anger is what Gods word says. respond to people in love, the bible teaches us. now that being said there is righteous anger,.but it is controlled,and has a desire to correct,or help correct a wrong done to a innocent,and always is loved based. love of the means be angry but don,t let anger push your flesh to sin, and never dwell on your anger overnight.get over it and move on.
---tom2 on 7/7/06

Moderator, I agree with you. Christians may slip, when provoked enough to become angry,but it is something ,just like bad thoughts, we are suspose to go to God and ask forgiveness immediately. The whole idea is to keep our hearts and mind clear of malice and not carry the thought of revenge around. Our minds are to be stayed on the Word of God and Christ.
---Darlene_1 on 6/18/06

Holy Spirit working? Look again at Helen's response. First she is angry and in her flesh wants to take action. Next She talks to God about her anger thereby venting on Him. (place your cares on him for he cared for you) Next in prayer she releases the problem to the Lord. Then the Spirit solves the problem through change. If we pray for something that does not happen perhaps we should be insightful enough to realize that the Holy Spirit did not tell us to pray about what ever it was we prayed about.
---mima on 6/17/06

slow to anger,think, think about the word and what it has to say about the situation.anger must not override the word, and must be presented in love.
---tom2 on 6/16/06

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During Christ's earthly ministry, he address anger, in Matthew 5:22, he talks of being angry with a brother "WITHOUT A CAUSE" that it was wrong. I do know many bible translations leave that little part out, "WITHOUT A CAUSE". God would have been a sinner if he did not have a cause to be angry with mankind.
---Jerry on 6/16/06

I would say you understand it well. Remember, Jesus himself, took the time to make a whip and then used it to drive the robbers (money-changers) from the temple. Do you think he might have been angry at the time? John 2:15

Also remember God Himself gets angry Deut. 4:21, I Kings 11:9, Psm 7:11 etc
---Bruce5656 on 6/16/06

You can be angry, but you have to get over it quick. Human nature is to get angry, while the love of Christ is to forgive and forget!
---wes on 6/16/06

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