Summary: Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. This one is about how the devil exploits our sinful anger.
Dakota Community Church
Ephesians 53, Grace at Work 23
May 19, 2013
Be Angry & Do Not Sin 2
We are given six behaviors we are to discontinue - because they destroy unity.
We are given six replacement behaviors which will foster and protect unity.
1. Instead of lying; speak truth
...having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. (Ephesians 4:25)
2. Instead of outbursts of wrath; righteous anger
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26-27)
A. There are two kinds of anger. Sinful Anger & Righteous Anger
B. Christians must be careful not to stew in their anger.
...do not let the sun go down on your anger...
This is often a passage used in marriage counseling prompting many couples to move to the Yukon so they can keep a good fight going!
There is a certain biblical sense regarding living life one day at a time that seems to apply:
10 “When you make your neighbor a loan of any sort, you shall not go into his house to collect his pledge. 11 You shall stand outside, and the man to whom you make the loan shall bring the pledge out to you. 12 And if he is a poor man, you shall not sleep in his pledge. 13 You shall restore to him the pledge as the sun sets, that he may sleep in his cloak and bless you. And it shall be righteousness for you before the Lord your God.
14 “You shall not oppress a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brothers or one of the sojourners who are in your land within your towns. 15 You shall give him his wages on the same day, before the sun sets (for he is poor and counts on it), lest he cry against you to the Lord, and you be guilty of sin.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
A huge part of the Christian life is the challenge to remain Christ centred.
Meditation on the Word of God, reflection upon our need of him, embracing a posture of humility... all of these are the opposite of dwelling upon offenses against us.
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled
C. Satan exploits sinful anger.
and give no opportunity to the devil.
The enemy of our souls is an opportunist, the Bible says he is a schemer and our text reveals that sinful anger is one of the ways he is able to gain the upper hand in his war against us.
But how does he do it?
1. Satan uses our sinful anger to tempt us to usurp God’s role as judge.
The devil wants to make us act as if we are judge - not God.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”