Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Psalm 4:4 (New King James Version)
You can be angry, but do not sin! Think about this as you lie in bed, and calm down. Psalm 4:4 (Complete Jewish Bible)
“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, Ephesians 4:26 (New King James Version)
Be angry, but don’t sin— don’t let the sun go down before you have dealt with the cause of your anger; Ephesians 4:26 (Complete Jewish Bible)
Okay. So the Bible tells us that we can be angry, but not to let it escalate into sin. That is what it says! It does not say do not be angry, period, as so many people have taught or preached. I have heard many testimonies from people who were told to repent of their anger that had resulted from an emotionally painful or traumatic situation. That is ridiculous!
God created us with emotions. One of those emotions is anger. There are several types of anger that people experience. Anger can be righteous anger, meaning that it is justified and godly, resulting from something unjust and hurtful that happened to us. God’s anger is reported in many places in the Bible, and it resulted from the sin and disobedience of human beings. However, God’s anger is never sin. He is holy and righteous.
Most of us in the United States felt righteous anger after 9/11. That is not sin. That is a result of a horrific act that was perpetrated against our country and thousands of innocent people. As I have ministered to survivors of Satanic Ritual Abuse, I have seen incredible levels of righteous anger attached to the emotional, spiritual, and physical pain and trauma that they had been carrying for decades. To tell them to repent for their anger would be further abuse! The same is true for survivors of sexual abuse and molestation. See the post, It is not who you are!, dated May 2, 2015, in which I described a woman who had over-the-top levels of anger that were surfacing as a result of past sexual abuse. We should never tell others to repent for righteous anger!
Of course there are times when our anger is sin. That occurs when we allow our emotions to spiral out of control past the point of righteous anger. That is sin. In that case, when we step, or leap, over that line, we do need to ask God and anyone at whom we released the anger to forgive us.
There can also be demonic spirits of anger that are attached to our own sinful anger, or to the pain and trauma that we have stuffed. During ministry sessions with wounded individuals, I have observed that righteous anger, or demonic spirits of anger, can be, and often are, attached to pain and trauma that has been suppressed in someone’s heart or spirit. No amount of repenting will free a person from that anger. Only after the pain and trauma are released will the anger be released as well. Demonic spirits must usually be dealt with to rid a person of them once that person has asked for forgiveness for the sin, or received healing from pain and trauma. Once that happens, the demonic spirits will leave. However, I have also observed a great amount of spontaneous deliverance during ministry sessions when people are healed and the pain and trauma are released. Praise the Lord!
One of the reasons, I believe, that typical deliverance methods used by many in the Church are only temporarily helpful is because the demonic spirits returned and reattached to the pain and trauma to which they were originally attached unless it too has been healed and released.
Having experienced emotionally, physically, or spiritually painful and traumatic events should not be an excuse to continue acting out in anger! Repeated episodes of unexplained anger should be a signal to you that you need to get help. Just saying, “I am this way because of what I have gone through in my life,” is a cop-out. Yes, the pain and trauma from the things that you experienced may very well be the root of the anger that keeps you in bondage. However, it does not need to continue! There is help available for you to receive healing and freedom. If you need assistance in finding help, please use the Contact AFJM form on this website.
God does not want you to remain a prisoner of the pain and trauma from your past! He has provided help through His Son, Jesus Christ, but you must pursue healing and freedom.