Anger: A Gift From God

How often have we heard it said that “Anger is sinful” ?   This statement, in many cases, is a true statement with a Biblical foundation. (Please refer to Eccl 7:9, Gal 5:20, Eph 4:31-32,Col3:8, James 1:19 and many more).

However, for the Christian, it is important to understand that not all types of anger are equal.  There is a special type of anger that is given to us from God.  It serves a useful purpose in our Christian life, and should be an integral part of our walk of faith in the midst of a sinful world.

Let’s see what the Bible teaches us about the anger that pleases God…


Ps 4:4 (KJV)

4) Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

Rom 1:18 (KJV)

18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Eph 4:26 (KJV)

26) Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:


Ephesians 4:26 – “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”  – Here we find a type of anger that pleases our Lord.  It is a type of anger that is pointed toward the sin that we see in this fallen world.  It is not a selfish type of anger, it is an anger motivated by Divine holiness and an understanding of sin’s results in the lives of mankind…

There are 6 aspects to this anger:

  1. It is an anger that affects our actions.

The Greek word for anger “orge” is a word that is defined as “to be enraged causing arousal to action”.  Have you ever been so angry you couldn’t hold it in any longer.  This is the type of anger we are talking about.

  1. It is an anger that mirrors the anger of God towards sin.

The Greek word for “anger” in Eph 4:26 is translated “wrath” in Rom 1:18 – “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness”.  The same type of anger God has against sin is the same type we should have against sin. (see also Nums 22:22, Roms 9:22, Eph 5:6 etc)

  1. It is an anger that results in abstinence from sin.

In our Eph text, we can see that the result of being angry at sin is to “sin not”.

  1. It is an anger that we should act upon quickly.

In our text, we can see that we should deal with the issue on a daily basis and not allow this anger to dwell in our lives for an extended period. “Let not the sun go down on your wrath.”

For example, when we experience this type of anger against a sin, we should not put off dealing with it.   When we see sin in our lives that causes us this anger, we are to confess and repent. (1 John 1:8-9)   When we enter into a temptation that will lead to sin, we are to quickly remove ourselves from this temptation.  We are not to “think about it”, nor “dwell on it”. This is reaffirmed in the next verse that says… “Neither give place to the devil”.

Finally, when we see sin in the lives of others, we are to follow Scriptural dictates in dealing with the issue.  For sin in the lives of saved individuals, we are to approach them with humility and love seeking to help them (Gals 6:1-2).  If the sin we see is in the lives of one who has not been saved, we are to share with them the gospel message through our words and actions, realizing their only hope of forgiveness and a changed life lies in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19)

Please notice that Ephesians 4:26 is closely related to Psalm 4:4…

Ephesians 4:26 – “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”

Psalm 4:4 – “ Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

By looking at Psa 4:4. we can learn two more facts about this type of anger….

  1. First of all, the motive driving a Godly anger is spoken of…. It is an awe of God.

To be in “awe” of God means that we begin to see and understand His greatness, holiness, sovereignty and love; as well as all He has done for us.  Why should we be angry at sin?  Because we serve a holy God who loved us and gave Himself for us?  Should we not hate sin as does He?

  1. Also, notice we need to meditate on our day, on His greatness, the sin we have seen, and how we have dealt with that sin.

By meditating on our day, we will be able to identify any missed sin, deal with it and be prepared with a “clean slate” for the coming day.  If we do this, we can then rest peacefully or “be still”; knowing we have done His will.


For those who are saved …

We should all be asking Him for grace, so that we can have the appropriate anger towards sin and the wisdom to deal with sin when we see it.

For those who have yet to be saved…

The Lord desires for you to deal with the sin that is in your life.  Look into His Word to see God’s attitude about sin, sin’s results for your life and the remedy for your sinful condition.

You can learn more about all these subjects  by looking at my blog page entitled How To Have A Relationship With God


About Rob Barkman

A retired pastor, Bible teacher and author of 20 years, he is currently ministering through Settled In Heaven Ministries. SIH Ministries is an on-line Bible teaching ministry that was founded by Bro Barkman in 2010. Settled In Heaven’s mission is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by fulfilling two different roles... rendering encouragement and Biblical knowledge to the saints in an effort to enhance their service to Christ; and proclaiming the gospel message to those who are in need of salvation, explaining to them their urgent need to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

14 Responses to Anger: A Gift From God

  1. rickroehm says:

    Best Biblical example of anger…Cain. The way of Cain began with anger. Anger turned into hate. Hate caused a murder. Where does anger come from? The Adamic Nature. Cain had no example of murder from his parents. Murder developed from anger.

    Human anger must be “put away” , “taken off”, or “crucified”.

  2. rickroehm says:

    Human anger defined…temporary hate.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    I have learnt over the years not to be angry or react, if I cannot speak up about it or help make a change or difference. For example, I may immediately get angry when church goers behave disrespectfully or disrupt worship in the house of the Lord – however being slightly hard of hearing, a person could be speaking loudly in church without realizing it and it should change my response to accommodation, Children who are hyper active could be the embarassment of their parents, who may try unsuccessfully to restrain their young ones and the easy option would be not to attend church if there is no alternative cry room for kids. It takes the love of God sometimes to overcome seemingly acceptable righteous anger, when the causes of exceptional behaviour are “reasonable” upon investigation.

    • Rob Barkman says:


      You make a very good point. We need to reserve judgment about people’s motives and their condition in many instances. While still retaining a hatred for the sin that is committed all around us. I’m sure you will agree with me that one of the greatest needs of Christians is to recognize sin, hate sin, and stand publically against sin. Today we find professing Christians much more accepting of abortion, homosexuality, corruption, deceit… the list goes on and on. The solution to this situation is to develop a hatred of the sin that we see creeping into our families, churches and even our own lives. Lord bless. Thanks for making a great point.

      • ptl2010 says:

        I agree with you Pastor Rob that we should hate the sin and I do. However there are ways and effective ways to handle our anger. We must confront not in anger but love. We must not do it and cause hearts to harden in their sins if we can avoid it, and it happens when we apply generic scorn. We can love these people to touch them with God’s love one by one and the most powerful tool we have is prayer. We can win them one by one if we spend time with them. Many crave for attention which is at the root of their wrong indulgences. The most effective weapon is to go to God in prayer for one by one we know that is involved in that sin. Prayer changes things and hearts and lives. I have witnessed such miracles in the most hopeless cases. So we should not be like sounding brass nor cymbals. What they want is some tender loving care and it will speak volumes one by one by one for change I.e. we need to work hand in hand with the Holy Spirit to encourage to life rather than curse to death. We do our best in Christ and leave the rest to Him especially as we share the Word with them for His Word will not return to Him void but accomplish its purpose for it is sharper than any two edged sword.
        Our anger, most reasonable must not cause us to sin.

      • Rob Barkman says:

        I absolutely agree. I think one of our biggest failures in God’s sight is when in the name of “love” we compromise our stand against sin. As we look in the world around us we see this constantly taking place. From a Biblical standpoint one of the greatest ways we can show our love to others is by kindly warning them against sin and the results of that sin in our lives, not justifying or excusing their sin. It is just as you say, we should deal with the sinner in love while still taking a firm stand against the sin that is being committed. Thanks for great comments. Lord bless.

  4. So much is happening in our world today that makes us angry – NOT angry against the people, but against their deeds and against the powers that be that allow such things and even legislate in favour of murdering unborn babies, legalising same sex marriage and all the politcal correctness rubbish which discriminates against Christians.

    Our anger – our stand FOR the Word of God and against the evils – is righteous anger, and NEVER directed with ill will against any person.

    Of course, as you say, we should also direct anger against our OWN sin.

    • Rob Barkman says:


      It is so sad for me to watch and see all the sin that is tolerated and even welcomed in the world in which we live. May the Lord help us as we seek to stand against the sin of this world. Lord bless you.

  5. mybroom says:

    Hi Rob,
    The thing that makes me angry is when the blood of Jesus is used to manipulate and control His flock – it’s too precious. Thanks for a good post, G

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Do you mean telling His flock that they must do something or else they will loose their salvation? Sorry, I am just not sure what you mean. If you could give me an example I would really appreciate it. I’m confident I’ll agree with you, just curious. Thanks for the comment.

      • mybroom says:

        Sorry Rob, I should have been more specific – sometimes my head is in a certain place and I forget that not everyone is privy to my internal ruminations. Just saying that there is only one thing that gets me really riled these days – the abuse of the blood of Jesus for personal agendas. I guess like Jesus driving out the money changers – it’s anger that the most precious of gifts is turned into a device of man. Leaders have a great responsibility toward the flock that are in their care and it makes me mad when leaders resort to manipulation and emotional games to exert control – the blood of Jesus is free, lavish and precious. Am I rambling on again? cheers, G

      • Rob Barkman says:

        I got it now, and I agree fully. Thanks for the clarification. Lord bless you.

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