Is it a sin to get angry? Many people think so. And the reason anger gets a bad rap is because when it is not handled Biblically, it can destroy relationships and even cause people to be physically sick. But contrary to what many people think, anger, in itself, is not a sin. Anger is an emotion that everyone experiences, Christians and non-Christians alike. But the mishandling of anger can definitely lead to sin. And if it wasn’t possible to be angry and not sin, then the Bible wouldn’t instruct us to do so. Have you ever heard the adage “Count to 10”? This actually has scriptural backup. We are instructed in scripture to be slow to get angry. This is best understood by its exact opposite – someone who is quick tempered and hot headed. There are many folks in jail cells right now who can attest to what can happen when you react in a flash of anger. Anger is a red flag and when it is waved, we need to pay attention and step back. Reacting quickly always ends up badly, but giving yourself space and time not only helps you to get a grip, it helps you to get the mind of Christ in the matter. However, this doesn’t mean that we forget it and repress it forever. Unresolved anger often leads to bitterness and festering or what the Bible calls “giving place to the devil”. You’ll spend more time justifying your anger than being responsibility for it. Unresolved anger shouldn’t linger long or the devil will use it to drive wedges in relationships. We’ve all experienced that before and it can be unbearable and even irreparable. Our words should lift and encourage so if what we are about to say does not, then it’s best to count to 10!
19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19 (NLT)
26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil. Ephesians 4:26-27 (NKJV)
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. Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV)
16 For, “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16 (NLT)