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When Is Anger A Sin

The bible says be angry and do not sin. At what point does anger become sin? At the point of hurting someone that hurt you? At the point of staying angry? What does this mean, be angry and do not sin? Your thoughts?

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Donna, again my view was that it is a sin to get mad at anything other than sin.

Take out inanimate objects and accidents (e.g. hammer hitting thumb) John MacArthur reminds us anger is ultimately directed at God because you don't like the situation he put you in.
If you are not one to believe that God is in control of our circumstances than you would find MacArthur's observation useless.
---larry on 9/28/09

This is very simple. Jesus was very angry on many ocassions, but he did not sin. The difference between anger and sin is right and wrong. If you are angry because someone affronted God, broke His commandments, defiled the Bible, and so on, then it is not a sin. That is righteous anger, and it is a wonderful thing to behold, actually. However, if you are angry and do the above things (including all the 10 Commandments) either intentionally or unintentionally, then you sinned.
---Katherine on 9/28/09

anger in itself is not a sin....In Ezekiel 24:13-14, didnt God say "....til i have caused my fury to rest upon thee"?
If anger (fury) is a sin, then we must call God a sinner, and I am not about to do that.
But my answer to the question is that anytime we become angry and do not give it to God, we are trying to do it ourselves, without God. How can we be protected from sin if we dont give it to God? that being said, when our anger is given to God, it cannot cause us to sin.
---Jake on 9/26/09

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The Question of "At what point does anger become a sin?", is answered by the very next verse in Eph.4:27.

When the anger gives place to the devil, is when it become a sin!!!!
---Shawn.M.T. on 9/16/09

Anon, Eph.4:26 "be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:"

Anger is a natural emotion we humans feel. While the "trigger point" may be different for each of us, we all feel this. The difference for christians, is stated on the second part of the verse.

"let not the sun go down upon your wrath.." --don't be "blinded" by your anger. If we let the light(sun) be removed from us, our hearts/minds will be filled with darkness and the devil may find his way in to us(Eph.4:27), and we may start thinking of bad things to that person. "let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth..."(Eph.4:29) --don't speak of things about that person that are untrue.
---manny on 9/16/09

I use anger as a motivating factor. Most the time when I get angry, there is a reason for it, and it motivates me to do something about it. If I "shoot from the hip," I probably sinned. Sometimes, I am able to pace myself and "take a deep breath" and ask myself what I should do, if anything. The tongue is a fire and who can tame it? When anger rises, pause, think through what is up. Pray, "God, what is this about?" More self-control would be nice, a fruit of the spirit. Sometimes anger is some kind of "self preservation/ego" factor. That's challenging. Sometimes, it's some kind of "righteous indignation" that I need to think about. Good question.
---Rod4Him on 9/15/09

larry-- I'm not sure what previous post you meant. I'd lost track of this blog.

My point was that being "angry" at "sin" may, AT TIMES, be only a justification for blaming others and "condemning" their "sin" while feeling righteous, ourselves.

If your anger causes you to attempt a remedy for the hurt or damage sin has caused, that might be Godly.

I don't think it's a sin to get angry at your lawn mower! Foolish, maybe. sinful, no. The only person who gets hurt by THAT anger is you! You'd be better off to just fix the mower and get on with the job.
---Donna66 on 9/16/09

Regarding Ephesians 4:26, a better translation might be, "Are you angry and not sinning?" phrasing it as a rhetorical question.
---mugwump on 9/15/09

I believe it can be dangerous to think that our only justifiable anger is anger at sin

Okay Donna this was pointed at my earlier comment and I give up. Where else is anger justified other than at sin, holiness?

Or do you believe there is some strange area between sin and righteous that deserves scorn?

e.g. angry when your lawn mower won't start?

God bless.
---larry on 9/15/09

All anger is sinful, I know that the bible states 'be angry and sin not' but that is just a stumbling block for those who don't understand that one needs to compare scripture with scripture, that's why most christians today falters when it comes to the of end time, divorce, hell, etc....
---metuschelah on 9/15/09

I believe anger is a sin when we are out of control. We are to keep our emotions in control. Anger is a human, God given emotion, but when it becomes a problem we cannot control, it is a demonic spirit operating through a person. No believer should be under the control of demonic power in this way. To be out of control is to not be a good representative of Christ.
---Alena on 9/5/09

probably a lot more often than most people will admit.
---tom2 on 9/4/09

You are to be commended because 1. you recognize that your anger flares quickly and
2. you seem able to control your response that that anger.

That takes care of half the problem.

If you can forget your anger quickly and not hold on to bad feeling over time, you will have conquored the other half. Unforgiveness and bitterness are a poison to the soul. They damage the person who holds on to them, not the person who offends.
---Donna66 on 9/3/09

Being angry with an abortion provider would not be a sin unless you killed them to put forth "vigilante" justice I suppose.

Being angry with a bad driver might be a sin if you called him a fool. I think the New Testament warns that if we call a neighbor "fool" we are in danger of the fires of Hell. Of course, that does not prevent me from being angry with terrible drivers so I have to confess and repent from that anger at communion from time to time.
---obewan on 9/3/09

I am an angry person. I loose temper very quickly. Therefore I will surely try to justify why an angry person like me should be given a go by.

Well for most people to be quickly angry is not good attribute. This is surely true. A balanced person who doesnt get angry is always a better person.

But to give some justification for person like me to say, ok you can be angry as long as you do not plan to do deliberate harm to other.
---rajib_das on 9/3/09

Tom2 --- Godly forgiveness is NOT dependent
on whether or not the offender realizes his error. Some people NEVER see or admit their error... but we must forgive them anyway!!
---Donna66 on 9/2/09

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I would say you understand where anger becomes a sin very well. Therefore, you must not understand how you can be angry without sinning.

Anger is an emotion. Just like saddness, fear, happiness, etc. Emotions are involuntary, so we cannot control them. They just happen. But, God does not want us to be controlled by them. He wants us to be controlled by the Holy Spirit.

It like drinking and being drunk. In Scripture, there is no prohibition on drinking alcohol, but there is prohibition on being drunk. When you are drunk, you are being controlled by the drink.

In the same way, do not be controlled by your anger.
---Mark_Eaton on 9/2/09

God is speaking of righteous anger,saying it is fine to be righteously angry,just as our lord was at times,realizing that people can be forgiven when they realize their error,and that we also must forgive.
---tom2 on 9/2/09

anon, I think that's good that you told her she is wrong. And you said, please? Sounds good to me (o: But we need to be strong so wrong people can't get the better of us with their wrong things. So, if you are getting bitter because of her bittereness and the other's meddling, we need to be stronger in the LORD against how Satan and indeed his demons can effect *us*. So, we trust ourselves to God > only You can make us strong and immune, even, to how Satan would effect us. And as we get more real in Your love, now this can spread deeper than our words to make others the same way (1 Peter 3:4). If ones can spread bitterness messes to us, then surely we in God's almighty power can spread God's very own to them (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/1/09

Anon--It was fine to tell that person where their doctrine was wrong...even Jesus did that.
But from the tone of your post, I gather that you are trying to forgive because you know you must...but the real thing is a ways off.
---Donna66 on 9/1/09

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Jesus said that if you are angry with anyone or hate anyone it is MURDER. Maybe He was saying that anger turns into hate, which turns into murder. Maybe the point at which anger becomes sin is when it starts turning into hate which eventually ends in murder. This is why FORGIVENESS is so important.
---Leslie on 9/1/09

I became angry at someone who has been walking in false doctrine for 26 years. Why? Because it effected MY life and when someone butts into my life with false doctrine, you betcha I'm going to tell them you are wrong, and stop giving my mother erroneous advice because the Lord is trying to set her free from the root of bitterness she has and you're over there telling her demons don't exist, she doesn't have bitterness, etc., when it manifested in my presence because I lived with her, so I would know. I begged this person to STOP interferring in my life with her false doctrine. I can't get over the anger, yet I'm not in unforgiveness towards her. Is that wierd or what?
---anon on 9/1/09

The Bible says Ephesians 4:22,26,27,29,31 Be ye angry and sin not:let not the Sun go down upon your wrath:Neither give place to the Devil. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,but that which is good to the use of edifying,that it may minister grace to the hearers. 31 Let all bitterness,wrath,anger,clamour,and evil speaking be put away from you,with all malice. 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation,the old man,which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts. And ye put on the New Man,which after God is created in righteousness,and true holiness.
---Darlene_1 on 9/1/09

I believe it can be dangerous to think that our only justifiable anger is anger at sin.

When we are angry we invariable feel we are justified. It makes "sinners" out of a lot of people who may be merely, careless, insensitive, or misinformed.

Anger is a normal emotion, but it should be fleeting,..not be nursed until it becomes bitterness.
---Donna66 on 8/31/09

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I would say when that anger turns into hate.
---amand6348 on 8/31/09

Well, it does say, "Be angry, and do not sin," in Ephesians 4:26. Now, I would understand it means to be angry at what is wrong, but angry in a way that is caring, instead of sinful anger that makes me unforgiving and getting my attention away from God. Jesus says, "whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment," in Matthew 5:22. So, the same word can have different meanings. For example, we have how "the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil," in 1 Timothy 6:17. But it says, "God is love," (1 John 4:8 & 16) > hopefully we understand this does not mean God is love of money (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/31/09

When is anger a sin, when you are angry at anything other than sin?
---larry on 8/31/09

Be angry does not mean we will never feel anger,disappointment or bad feelings. Basically I think it means to not enter into murder,verbal abuse and other ills and dangerous feelings that comes when we are angry.
I think this is a process that we learn as we grow in the Lord. It does not happen overnight. But we do well to take heed because evil things happen when one becomes angry and out of control.
Vengeance is mine says, the Lord. We are not to take matters into our own hands when we are angry. We should pray and work with the justice system in bringing about desired results tht we need.
But so many people do not understand this prinicple and neither do they want to.
---Robyn on 8/31/09

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