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  • Writer's pictureJon Bloom

How Can We Be Angry and Not Sin? (Ephesians 4:26)

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. —Ephesians 4:26

Taken from Jon Bloom’s article “How Can We Be Angry and Not Sin?”:

Is this even possible?

Not if perfect, sinless anger is the requirement, since sin infects everything we think, say, and do.

But I don’t think Paul had perfect, sinless anger in mind when he quoted King David from Psalm 4:4 to the Ephesians. Paul’s point seems to be that not all anger Christians experience is rooted in the prideful, selfish soil of our sin nature.

There is a kind of anger that comes from our regenerate, Spirit-directed nature, even if it is unavoidably tainted by our indwelling sin as it passes through the defective filters of our minds and mouths. And because the Holy Spirit through David and Paul instructs us to “be angry,” it means some things must make us righteously angry.

So what does righteous anger look like in a Christian?

Read the rest of the article here.


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