Speaking the Truth in Love
Wrath and Anger
A study of anger
2 What does it say?
 NKJV: "'Be angry (orgizo), and do not sin': do not let the sun go down on your wrath (parorgismos), nor give place to the devil."
 NASB: "BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity."
 HCSB: "Be angry and do not sin. Don't let the sun go down on your anger, and don't give the Devil an opportunity."
3 What does it mean?
 There is anger without sin
 There is anger with sin – when you are angry you are prone to sin.
 You should not be angry for long - urgent!
[a] Doing so will help the Devil have a place to reside in you
[b] James 1:13-15
 These verses are found in a list of objectives for the Ephesians to incorporate or continue in on their walk with God - Ephesians 4:17-32
3.1 Different words for anger
NOTE Three different words are used in this general context (see NKJV above for words) and 4:31 wrath=Thumos.
[a] is what we typically think of when we become angry – it is the reasoned kind.
[b] Thayer Definition:
[i] to provoke, to arouse to anger
[ii] to be provoked to anger, be angry, be wroth
[a] is a type that is described by the person who is always angry or who loves to get angry - it is the emotional kind, marked with bitterness and malice. Only used in Bible once.
[b] Thayer Definition: indignation, wrath, exasperation
[a] is a person who has a hot topic or soap box that can get angry in a second and then calm down then be able to get angry again over and over again.
[b] Thayer Definition:
[i] passion, angry, heat, anger forthwith boiling up and soon subsiding again
[ii] glow, ardour, the wine of passion, inflaming wine (which either drives the drinker mad or kills him with its strength)
4 What is our application?
 James 1:19 – Be slow to wrath (orge)
 James 1:20 – Wrath (orge) does not give place to righteousness
 Romans 12:19-21 – Wrath (orge) for personal vengeance has its place – with God!
 What about command to not let the sun go down on our wrath:
[a] If we are angry and there is no cause we must get over it by the end of the day to comply with this passage.
[b] If there is anger with cause then is must be handled quickly to be in compliance with this passage.
[i] Consider Matthew 18:15
[ii] We cannot wait for the offender to try to reconcile
[iii] What if God had waited on us to reconcile with him before he sent his son?
4.1 Example of Jesus
 John 2:13-17 – No anger specifically mentioned
 Mark 3:1-5 – Anger (orge)
 Therefore was the Lord without Righteousness for this time? Why not?
[a] What he focused his anger toward
[b] He was in complete control of his emotions and actions
 When we are angry we must ensure that we do not sin.
 If you cannot control yourself when you are angry then you have serious issues to overcome to be faithful to Jesus - Ephesians 4:28ff
 James 4:7 - resist the Devil, leaving anger in your heart is not resisting.
 Anger destroys love and letting anger stay within you will rot your soul!