I have heard people say that it is okay to be angry. They quote the Bible by saying, “Be angry, and do not sin.”

Yes, this is in the Bible… but how? Here are a few simple observations.

In Ephesians 4:26 it says to be angry but do not sin in your anger. If you keep reading on, the Bible talks about not grieving the Holy Spirit and then by the time you get to verse 31 it says to get rid of all anger. What does this mean? Is it okay to be angry or is it not?

Well, I looked it up in an easy to use tool that I have. It’s called the e-sword. You can download it for free.

When the Bible says “be angry” (verse 26) and then “get rid of all anger” (verse 31) it is actually using two different words in the original language.

  1. The first word (verse 26) is or-gid’-zo
    From G3709; to provoke or enrage, that is, (passively) become exasperated: – be angry (wroth).
  2. The second word (verse 31) is or-gay’
    From G3713; properly desire (as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind), that is, (by analogy) violent passion (ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence); by implication punishment: – anger, indignation, vengeance, wrath.

Knowing that they are two different words is helpful but even though I read the definition behind the original word, I still find myself not having a clear understanding of how to discern between the two. How do we examine our heart and emotions? Verse 30 says to not grieve the Holy Spirit so let’s look at some things that the Holy Spirit definitely likes.

Galatians 5:22-23 says the following

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you test your anger:

  • does this anger come from an overwhelming sense of love?
    • can I experience the fruit of the Spirit at the same time?
  • do I still sense the Holy Spirit?
  • am I able to connect with God in this very moment of anger?
  • can I connect with God right now
    • can I praise Him?
    • can I worship Him?
    • can I pray to Him?

Remember this, anything that separates or gets between us and God… is not good.

The following is the passage from the Bible that I refer to in this blog. I also have another blog post that shares the Amplified version of verse 31 and 32.

Ephesians 4:25-32 NKJV

25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.
26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
27 nor give place to the devil.
28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.


Julian Springer


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