Being angry - approved or not? - BibelCenter [apparent] contradictions
Being angry - approved or not?
von Wolfgang Schneider

Ephesians 4:26 – "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: "
James 1:20 – "For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. "
Proverbs 22:24 – "Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: "

Some people take these verses and point out an apparentcontradiction between the passages in Proverbs and James on one side and the verse from Ephesians 4 on the other side. But, is there really a contradiction here?

From Proverbs and from James it can be easily ascertained that anger and outbursts of anger in man are not a matter to be desired. Anger is described to us as something which is not right or approved before God and which we ought to avoid.

Ephesians 4:26 then does not give us really a contradictory insight, for here we are not admonished or told to be angry or display anger; rather the opposite is true, for in the latter part of the statement confirms actually what was said in the other verses as well. If we don't deal with a matter which involved us getting angry even on the same day, we would be sinning.

There is therefore no contradiction between these passages, for the statement in Ephesians does not contain or constitute an approval for being angry or for letting one's anger be manifested.

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