September 16, 2022

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Ephesians 4:26 & 4:31

In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
 …Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

Pastor's Commentary

The current series in our adult Faith Development Bible study of “Managing Our Emotions” deal with “anger.” This emotion has been a long-standing debate among Bible scholars and theologians. Unfortunately, it is also a subject that many unbelievers use to discredit the Word of God.

The above Scripture sources appear to be in contradiction. The first one tells us it is okay to be angry, and the second one contains a list of sins and advises us to get rid of anger. So, how do we reconcile this apparent conflict?

There are two different Greek words translated as anger in our English language. The first one, “orgizo” deals with righteous indignation. This word implies being displeased at situations or circumstances and not a personal vendetta. It is what Jesus displayed when He went into the temple and turned over the merchant's tables. His emotion was about the holiness of His Father’s house.

The second word is “orge,” which has to do with rage that causes wrath. It is an impulse that leads to vindictive fury. It is where we focus on what has happened to us. It does not always have to be a violent physical outburst. But it also can be an internal desire to get even.

So, the next time you experience the emotion of anger, ask yourself this question. Is this about me?