Sinful Anger — An Opportunity for the Devil

Ephesians 4:26-27

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil.”

It is commonly noted that excessive or uncontrolled anger leads to sinful conduct. Anger is scarcely ever without sin! Anger can easily turn to bitterness, resentment, and self-righteousness. Hence, the Word of God advises us, “Be ye angry, and sin not.”

When we are angry, we must be on our guard against all sinful feelings that will lead to sinful attitudes, words and actions. If sinful anger enters our minds, we must make every effort to extinguish it quickly. Do not nourish the bitter feelings of anger.

If you play host to the bitter feelings of anger, the devil will be your guest. The Biblical admonition to those who are angry is to “let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil”. Every effort must be made to put down the fury of anger within you without delay. Don’t prolong your anger till the night comes. Taken to bed, it is likely to give the devil an opportunity to use it for his purposes. The devil will ruin the testimony of Christians who allow anger to flourish in their minds.

God’s exhortation to us is “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath, for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19).

Prabhudas Koshy