This text is an echo of Psalm 4:4. The Word of God allows a certain type of anger; which one might call righteous indignation. Righteous anger can be defined “holy anger against sin.”
Christians must feel anger. We should hate sin like God does. David wrote, “Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake your law.” (Psalm 119:53 ESV) Jesus, Himself expressed righteous indignation when He turned over the tables in the temple.
Paual gives us three reminders to make sure we keep our anger holy.
- The first is “don’t sin” (verse 26)
- Next, Paul says, “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.”
- The last one is: “Don’t give the Devil and opportunity.”
Someone wrote this, “Don’t go to bed with unresolved conflict or else you sleep with the devil.” Another person wrote this: “Always seek forgiveness and reconciliation; Satan would love to use your anger as an opportunity to make you divisive.”
-Lexington, TN February 4, 2019