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Thursday Devotional

“Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger” (Ephesians 4:26).

Though each word is translated as “anger” the apostle, Paul, uses three unique and distinctive Greek words in chapter 4 (see verse 26 and 31) to help us better understand the nuances of anger. Two of these are to be avoided and one diligently pursued. Verse 31 speaks of a raging anger associated with losing one’s temper. This stands in contrast to the repressed anger of verse 26 that stews and simmers beneath the surface and keeps you up at night. The one required of us in verse 26 is a righteous anger. What separates this from the other two forms of anger is that righteous indignation is always directed at an injustice and never a person.

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