As I said, Jacob’s sons were probably righteously angry, but they let it move into sinful anger. My anger at slow drivers who don’t let you pass reveals my impatience, which is sin. Since there is so much sin and injustice in the world, how can we know when we should take action against it? Read verse in New International Version This means that as we grow to be more like Jesus, we will also grow in righteous anger towards sin. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Keep in mind that Paul is telling us specific ways in which we need to put off the old way of life and put on the new. A major point of that story is that when we are wronged, we need to keep in mind how much God has forgiven us, so that we show compassion towards those who have wronged us. 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Not to control your anger is to deny the power of the gospel in your life and it is to deny the principle of the one body of Christ. God hates sin and He displays His righteous wrath against it (Rom. A few verses later, He says the same thing about the sin of lust, telling us to pluck out our eye or cut off our hand, rather than go to hell. Almost always, those who are angry deny it. When Paul says, “do not let the sun go down on your anger,” he is not speaking literally. But I can’t help but wonder whether our nation would have abolished or greatly restricted abortion on demand if more Christians had expressed outrage at this terrible sin. You will hear people say, “I just explode and then it’s all over!” Yes, just like a bomb—but look at the devastation! When you are righteously angry, deal with it promptly, carefully, and biblically, so that the devil does not gain an opportunity in your life. When the Pharisees opposed Jesus for healing on the Sabbath, Mark 3:5 states of Jesus, “After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart….” Although the Bible does not use the word “anger” to describe Jesus’ cleansing of the temple, it does not require a stretch of imagination to conclude that He was very angry with the sin of those who were making a profit in that place of worship. All of the sins that Paul deals with in this section (4:25-5:2) disrupt the unity of the body (which is the theme of. ), you and your mate are having an angry quarrel when the phone rings. The Scottish hymn writer, George Matheson, said, “There are times when I do well to be angry, but I have mistaken the times.” He is right! Calvin rightly says (Sermons on Ephesians [Banner of Truth], p. 450) that verse 27 ought to make the hair on our heads stand up! Rather, Paul meant, be prompt in dealing with it so that it doesn’t fester into unrighteous anger or bitterness. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil. They asked Jesus (Luke 9:54), “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” They could have cited chapter and verse for that response, because that’s what Elijah the prophet did when the king of Israel sent soldiers to arrest him (2 Kings 1:9-16). 18:23-35) about the slave who owed his master an astronomical sum, which the master graciously forgave. I might add that even unbiblical anger may be useful, in that it often reveals blind spots in your life that you need to address. Yes, we’re all fine around here!” You’re controlling your anger instantly because you don’t want to be embarrassed. But, in our righteous anger, we must be careful, lest we fall into sin. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Police tracked the man down after finding his name in the folder, along with his homework from an anger management class, where he was headed when he lost his temper and hit the woman (Flag Live [March 6-12, 2008])! I have seen fathers and mothers who are abusively angry towards their children, usually under the excuse of exercising biblical discipline.