Anger

Is it sinful to be angry? If so why? What effect does anger have?

MATTHEW 5 : 21 - 26 NKJV

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

From the above words of Jesus Christ we can see that there are shades of anger and degrees of punishment for it. Yes it is sinful to be angry without a cause, but what is cause enough to be angry? Because each person's own sin is in account with God. Therefore if a person sins against you and you become angry with them, what right do you have to be angry when their sin is in account with God who deals justly with all of mankind. In other words we are called to love one another, and be forgivers.

1 CORINTHIANS 13 : 4 - 7 NKJV

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love is not provoked and thinks no evil and it bears and endures all things. Wow love does not get angry.

JAMES 1 : 19 - 20 NKJV

19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Therefore man's anger is unrighteous. Well why?

MATTHEW 5 : 21 - 26 NKJV

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

Because man's anger involves belittling others, blaming others calling them fools. In this Sermon Jesus referred to anger as if it was the equal to the sin of murder. Murder. Yes murder. If you picture yourself enraged with someone because they have done something wrong, how is the other person going to feel and what is the intended effect that desire to have on them with your anger? Are you wanting to tell them that you believe that they are useless fools, stupid? For what reason? Is it so that you can show them your displeasure in an attempt to stop them from doing that thing again? If so why do you not just ask them to stop? Have you asked them to stop but they have ignored you? Does that give you reason enough to be angry? If you see that what they are doing is sinning against you and that it is therefore in account with God and that He will deal justly with them, then why do you take it into your own hands and sin against them? You see we should live peaceably with all men. If God is not dealing with them right now then that is His business. In fact when people sin against us we should really have compassion for them because they will face the judgement of God.

MATTHEW 6 : 8 - 15 NKJV


“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
In fact, if we do not forgive others we will not be forgiven. If we are not forgiven does that mean that we are in danger of Hell fire? Hopefully as we grow in Christ we can learn that another person's sin or failure does not have to be a trigger for us to sin as a response to their actions. That is a snare of the devil.

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