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Be Ye Angry, and Sin Not

Updated on August 4, 2017


Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:26-27 said to the Ephesians, "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: (v. 27) Neither give place to the devil."

From these two verses, we can deduce that "anger" is from the devil tempting the unwary souls, who are either unaware of the wiles of the tempter, or do not have self control over their own emotions.

Let us take a look back to the Old Testament where a parent is given instruction how to train up a child. If parents train a child to be loving, he will grow into a loving adult. If a child is taught to share his toys with others, he will grow up to be generous. A child learns from the teachings of his parents. They can mold his character when he is young, but when older he may learn from his peers. The parents can correct his character as he grows into adulthood. A person's character is formed from young.

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 29:15

The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.


When an older person becomes a Christian, he must undergo baptism to have his sins forgiven by God through the blood of Jesus. In baptism, he dies in the likeness of Jesus' death and emerged as a new born in Christ as he starts his new life as a Christian. The new Christian must also learn as a child in Christ as he progresses.

The most important thing the Christian should learn is "Love" of God and Man.



The training of the child must include "Love", which is love of God and love of "Man".

John 14:15

  • If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Matthew 22:37-40; Mark 12:30,33; Luke 10:27

  • Jesus said unto him, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39) And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (40) On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

1 John 5:3

  • For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

If the child loves God, he will obey God and keep God's sabbath. However, if he has learnt how to love Man, he will honour his parents, will not kill another person, not commit adultery, not steal, not bear false witness, and not covert his neighbour's house, wife, or anything belonging to his neighbour. Through his training as a child to have correct behaviour, he will grow up to be a dutiful adult obeying his parents, loving his neighbours and a good citizen.

Love God, Serve Others
Love God, Serve Others


Let us look at the behaviour of Jesus Christ and see how He behaved when He was angry. A person can imitate His behaviour when Jesus was provoked. It does not mean that you cannot be angry at all if you are a Christian. You may be angry when you see an injustice, any wrongdoing, and provoked without cause,

Jesus overthrew the tables of money changers and seats of them

Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15

  • And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves. And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

After accomplishing His task, Jesus went about His task of healing the blind and the lame who came to the temple for help. He did not dwell on His anger.


  • He rebuked the wind (Matthew 8:26; Mark 4:39; Luke 8:24).
  • Jesus rebukes the devil (Matthew 17:18).
  • Jesus rebukes Peter (Mark 8:33).
  • Rebuked the fever (Luke 4:39)

A person can be angry at wrong doing, but he must calm down reasonably soon. He can remedy or make the wrong right if if is possible for him to do so. Otherwise, he can relegate the task to another person who is more capable.

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by caviafannie


Be angry but let not anger continue until the next day. Take the example of Jesus Christ and move on to the next task. In the New Testament, Jesus said that there were only two commandments, Love God and Love Man. You must forgive him his faults and try to help him change into a better person. You must not hold a grudge and start afresh every day. God forgives your faults and you must forgive the faults of others.

James 1:19

  • Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.

Ecclesiastes 7:9

  • Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Proverb 16:32

  • He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Young couple fighting, side view  Photographers Choice
Young couple fighting, side view Photographers Choice


The title of this paragraph is from Ephesians 4:27.

Rom 12:19

  • Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," saith the Lord.

James 4:7

  • Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

1 Peter 5:8-9

  • Be self-control and alert. Resist the devil for he prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking his prey. Resist him, standing firm and stedfast in the faith, "knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world." All your brothers are facing the same problem and surviving.

Anger Can Affect Anxiety Business anxiety  Brand X Pictures
Anger Can Affect Anxiety Business anxiety Brand X Pictures


How anger affects your health - NHS. UK

Intense and uncontrolled anger is linked to health conditions such as:

  • high blood pressure,
  • headaches,
  • backache,
  • insomnia,
  • skin conditions such as eczema,
  • digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),
  • depression,
  • anxiety,
  • heart attack, and
  • stroke.

It can weaken your immune system so you are more likely to pick up infections and you are less able to recover from operations, accidents or major illnesses. Anger also makes you more sensitive to pain. If anger is hidden or buried, it can lead to:

  • eating disorders,
  • self-injury,
  • misuse or drugs and/or alcohol, and
  • low self-esteem


10 tips to help get your anger under control

  1. Take a 'timeout.' Although it may seem cliche, counting to 10 before reacting really can defuse your temper.
  2. Get some space. Take a break from the person you're angry with until your frustrations subside a bit.
  3. Once you're calm, express your anger. It's healthy to express your frustration in a nonconfrontational way. Stewing about it can make the situation worse.
  4. Get some exercise. Physical activity can provide an outlet for your emotions, especially if you're about to erupt. Go for a brisk walk or a run, swim, lift weights or shoot baskets.
  5. Think carefully before you say anything. Otherwise, you're likely to say something you'll regret. It can be helpful to write down what you want to say so that you can stick to the issues. When you're angry, it's easy to get sidetracked.
  6. Identify solutions to the situation. Instead of focusing on what made you mad, work with the person who angered you to resolve the issue at hand.
  7. Use 'I' statements when describing the problem. This will help you to avoid criticizing or placing blame, which can make the other person angry or resentful — and increase tension. For instance, say, "I'm upset you didn't help with the housework this evening," instead of, "You should have helped with the housework."
  8. Don't hold a grudge. If you can forgive the other person, it will help you both. It's unrealistic to expect everyone to behave exactly as you want.
  9. Use humor to release tensions. Lightening up can help diffuse tension. Don't use sarcasm, though — it's can hurt feelings and make things worse.
  10. Practice relaxation skills. Learning skills to relax and de-stress can also help control your temper when it may flare up. Practice deep-breathing exercises, visualize a relaxing scene, or repeat a calming word or phrase to yourself, such as "Take it easy." Other proven ways to ease anger include listening to music, writing in a journal and doing yoga.


In conclusion, the Christian under attack by evil can rely on what he has learnt as a new born child of Christ to ward off attacks. His reliance on the Holy Spirit will stand him in good stead. Futhermore, there are 10 tips from the Mayo Clinic staff to help him get rid of the anger that arises in his heart. The reality of forgiving is LOVE.










All glory to God.

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    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      DeBorrah K. Ogans

      Thanks for commenting. The Bible is always right. When we follow Jesus' example of anger and how He deals with it, we can never go wrong.

      It is good to learn discipline when young and the Bible says when we grow up, we will not depart from what we learn.

      God bless.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Einron, This is a wonderful and timely hub! The Bible has much to say in regards to anger. It also tells us "to be angry and sin not" It takes discipline to properly resolve anger and conflict. Great scriptures and illustrations as well.

      Your hub has provided helpful information that identifies the effects of anger on your health. The ten tips you have provided from the Mayo Clinic are great as well! Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA


      Thanks for your comments.

      YOU WROTE: Anger does not come from the devil but it can allow the devil to tempt us to sin.

      ANSWER: It is true that anger can lead to sin.

      YOU WROTE: In 1 Sam. 18:7-12 we are told that Saul was very angry when the women sang and danced and said, "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands". Saul could have let it go, but he prolonged his anger overnight. "And it happened on the next day that the distressing spirit from God came upon Saul." Saul's anger had turned to hatred overnight, then he attempted to murder David.

      ANSWER: Anger turned to jealousy, and jealousy turned to planning for murder in Saul's case. He tried to murder David many times, but God preserved David. The spirit of God left Saul and he went from bad to worse.

      We should not grieve the Holy Spirit, but pray every day for God to control our temper.

      Learn from the example of Saul's anger.

      May God bless you.

    • arkwriter profile image


      8 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A.

      Dear Einron,

      A good hub that we can all learn from, be reminded of the biblical teachings, also the danger and ill effects of human uncontrolled anger. The verse in Ephesians 4:26 states, "Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath." We read about God's wrath throughout the Bible but it is not the same as man's anger that is of the flesh. Anger does not come from the devil but it can allow the devil to tempt us to sin. Anger is a permissible human emotion for people to "let off steam in order to avoid an explosion", but it must be under God's control. Anger, in itself is not wrong or sinful because God is angry at people who sin, and our Lord Jesus Christ was angry at what the people did at the temple.

      What the verse really teaches us is that when we get angry we must not sin. Anger is a natural human reaction but it must not be prolonged overnight - "Do not let the sun go down on your wrath" because it can give place to the devil (verse 27).

      In 1 Sam. 18:7-12 we are told that Saul was very angry when the women sang and danced and said, "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands". Saul could have let it go, but he prolonged his anger overnight. "And it happened on the next day that the distressing spirit from God came upon Saul." Saul's anger had turned to hatred overnight, then he attempted to murder David. God was no longer with Saul the following day when he prolonged his anger overnight. A person without God is open for the devil to enter easily.

      We all do get angry at times but we must be very careful not to prolong that anger overnight - "Do not let the sun go gown on your wrath" - lest the devil will tempt us to commit sin and we also grieve the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30).

      Praise the LORD YAHWEH for His guidance and His Word teaching us how to be better Christians.

      Einron, Keep on doing the good work! May God bless you.



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