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Are Wrath And Anger The Same

"Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice." (Ephesians 4:31)

Here and also in Colossians 3:8 God lists both wrath and anger as things to put away. How is wrath different than anger?

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To me it is saying it two different ways to emphasize. The problem.
---Samuelbb7 on 2/19/22

About not allowing anger and its stinking thinking to take root and grow in us >

our Apostle Paul says, in 1 Corinthians 6:12 >

"I will not be brought under the power of any" >

Anger can't to me if I am not under the power of anything.
---Bill on 2/18/22

Strongaxe, yes and the remedy for that I believe is TO FORGIVE. Letting resentment anger rage etc make a home in your heart and mind is a choice.

That's why there are scriptures that deal with how we are to exercise restraint in what we keep alive in out minds and heart.

Think of things pure, lovely etc and the God of peace will keep your mind and heart. Also 1 Cor 13.
---kathr4453 on 2/16/22


Martin Luther once wrote, "You can't stop a bird from flying over your head, but you can stop it from building a nest in your hair". I.e. we can't stop bad thoughts from entering into our minds, but we CAN stop them from making a home and growing there.
---StrongAxe on 2/16/22

In my case, I would say wrong anger and wrath are me reacting to things not going my way. But God in His anger makes things better. For example, Jesus made things better, by removing the activity which was not prayer in the Temple. And He would say things which can help us do better > like welcoming children to Jesus.
---Bill on 2/16/22

Strongaxe, yes, Jesus has as much right to show anger as God does to show His Wrath. But we need to remember we are not God or Jesus. Jesus said "vengeance is mine, I will repay". So again we are not to step into that roll, but instead turn it over to the Lord.

Be angry but sin not. I think means it's normal to get angry, but sin when we cross the line of retaliation or letting our emotions get out of control.

We should discipline our children after our own anger has subsided. Our emotions should always be under control of the Holy Spirit. And always pray for direction in dealing with a moment of anger.
---kathr4453 on 2/16/22


Also remember that Jesus was sinless, yet he did show anger on a few occasions:

He overturned the tables of the greedy and opportunistic money-changers in front of the temple

He told Peter "Get behind me, Satan!" for suggesting he avoid martyrdom

He rebuked his disciples for pushing children away.

On several occasions, he called Pharisees hypocrites, vipers, and empty tombs (He never screamed at sins of the flesh - he was friends with tax collectors, prostitutes, etc. But hypocrisy always got his goat).
---StrongAxe on 2/14/22

The Bible says we can be angry but sin not. So being angry someone hit your car is not sin. The sin part would be taking the bat to the one who hit you. Or revenge. Not having your anger under control.

You can be angry if someone disagrees with you, buy taking it to another level of slandering the one who won't fall in line is SIN. Sin we have to endure now for over 6 years in our political arena.
---kathr4453 on 2/14/22

StrongAxe . . . Thank you (c: That is interesting.
---Bill on 2/13/22


The dictionary defines wrath as:
1) strong, stern, or fierce anger, deeply resentful indignation, ire.
2) vengeance or punishment as the consequence of anger.

So you can think of wrath as anger on steroids. E.g. If you rear-end me in traffic, and I yell at you, that's anger. But if I take a baseball bat to your car, that's wrath.
---StrongAxe on 2/12/22

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