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Is Anger A Sin?

Updated on April 13, 2015

A Feeling

I have noticed many Christian writers and Preachers that say that anger is a sin.

My question would be to these people, "how do you shut off a feeling?"

I truly believe that our Lord Jesus felt anger when he tipped over the money-changer tables in the House of God.

No, anger is not a sin; the sin may come with what you do with that anger.

Anger could be sin if it is derived from a selfish nature, but how can it be a sin if it is of a righteous cause?

Many Christians have been led to believe that anger is sin. Please look at the following sites and rethink this stand.

That last link talks about how people repress their anger.That can be very dangerous. It will come out sooner or later.

My suggestion; hook up with people you can talk with.

I am a member of a great program called Celebrate Recovery. This program can show you how to deal with anger in a sane way.

We hear of news all the time of someone just slipping over the edge and hurting or killing someone. I would bet that many of these cases were mis-managed anger.

Do you have an anger problem? I know I do at times.You are not sinning! Now, if you do something ignorant with that anger, you may be sinning. Talk with someone; go by a punching bag; just find a healthy way to release that anger.

Definition of Anger:

Easton's Bible Dictionary

The emotion of instant displeasure on account of something evil that presents itself to our view. In itself it is an original susceptibility of our nature, just as love is, and is not necessarily sinful. It may, however, become sinful when causeless, or excessive, or protracted (Matthew 5:22; Ephesians 4:26; Colossians 3:8). As ascribed to God, it merely denotes his displeasure with sin and with sinners (Psalm 7:11).

© 2009 Greg Boudonck


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      britbilbo 6 years ago from Moultrie, GA

      The Bible actually refers to "a holy anger." We are also advised in Scripture that we are not fighting flesh and blood, but powers and principalites; therefore, be angry with a holy anger at the spirit behind the action rather than at the person. I'm not saying it's so easy, but it does get easier the more you are confronted with these types of situations.

      I also agree that it is what you do with the anger and how you express that anger that determines whether or not it is sinful.

      Another thing to keep in mind...why did the situation make you angry? Sometimes, the situation can be a good opportunity for self-evaluation. Things come our way to "prune" us, shape us, make us into the purified gold produced by "the fire." All things work together for our good!

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      lashaemrey58 8 years ago

      It depends on what you do with your anger! Anger is a very controlling emotion if you allow yourself to dwell on the negatives then yes Anger can give birth to sin! You have given us an example on how to use our Anger wisely not only is it helping you but you are helping others! What a kind spirit an example for us all!

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      Greg Boudonck 8 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Thanks spiderpam. Thanks for reading this.

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      spiderpam 8 years ago from USA

      Good Hub. I like the way you write.

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      Iðunn 8 years ago

      Quite right. Anger is a signal. Anger can be an appropriate reaction, but even so it is an indicator for action. Sin only comes into play if you choose inappropriate actions. Take you for example, activating to protect children and to achieve justice. What a wonderful choice for coping with anger. What we choose defines us. You, by your actions, are defined as a loving, pro-active, compassionate and protective person.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      I have never heard anybody say anger is a sin. And I hope they don't start now. Thanks.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      You are very right. Anger is not a sin. What you do with that anger might be. Love is not a sin. What you do out of love could be. The Bible plainly mentions God having anger. Last time I checked, God cannot sin. Therefore, anger is not wrong. He created these emotions in us to fully experience life. What kind of experience is for us to decide.

      Thank you for a pointing this out.

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Hey, wow!! I'm a CR leader, been in for 5 years, 3 as a leader.. doing my 4th step study.. the inventory is a whole lot shorter this time thru!!! It is so great to know this about you!

      Great Hug, can't add to a bit. 

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      Vladimir Uhri 8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Thanks for good hub. I am sometimes angry at the devil.