“Be ye angry, and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” (Ephesians 4:26/KJV).
My study of anger would be incomplete without referring to this verse of holy writ. Here are some of my thoughts.
Some will view anger more positive than it is usually considered among Christians. Some will say: when you are angry you are full of energy. You are highly motivated and have the strength to accomplish.
Of course, the question is how you channel this energy. At times when you are angry, you are much more likely to destroy than to build. Even, later on, you might begin to regret some of your destructive activity.
Self-discipline is an important virtue. Even when upset with certain conditions, circumstances or the behaviour of somebody else, it is wise to cling to firm principles.
To be successful in any field you better avoid losing your head. Even in awkward situations you better make sure you still know what you are doing.
In the above verse, the apostle Paul encourages Christian believers to cling to ethical principles of the bible even when angry. God has commanded us to love our neighbours and to respect their individual rights.
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow-man has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:8-10/NIV).
There are certain rules a Christian ought to keep to even when angry. Paul says: “Be ye angry, and sin not.”
The second part of the above verse is important too. Even when angry we ought to be ready to make peace again.
Peaceful relationships can help avoid many unpleasant situations. Even in politics, it is evident that efforts at keeping peace can avoid wars and bloodshed.
Be prepared to make peace. Be ready to forgive.
Paul is giving us a time limit. He says we should not go to bed angry with each other.
Being calm and at peace can help to have a good night’s rest. Anger and wrath might rather tend to keep you awake.