GETTING WORKED UP

“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 verses 26 and 31 that capture the nuances of anger; two of which should be avoided and the one diligently pursued. One is a raging anger, associated with losing one’s temper. This stands in contrast to the other, a repressed anger that stews and simmers beneath the surface, keeping you awake at night. The last is a righteous anger, with the distinguishing quality of always being directed at an injustice and never a person.

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