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Ephesians, Chapter Four, Lesson Six

WALKING IN KINDNESS            Page 3

V.26 ** Alright then, let's look at the second way to display our Christianity while we are "Walking in Kindness". Is Paul suggesting that we can do that by getting mad? No - Me genoito

2. Rather, by how we control our anger!

At the outset of this chapter Paul encouraged us to live with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love. And he will end this chapter with a direct command, "let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice". He would not contradict himself in the middle of those two statements.

** So what does he mean by "be angry"?

There is a time for anger - Jesus Himself expressed extreme anger, but was it because of something done to Him?

No, "...while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats; but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously" (1Peter 2:23)
cf. Romans 12:17-21, 1Peter 3:8-9

** Then if we are not to become angry when something evil or unjust is done to us personally, when are we to "be angry"?

When God is dealt with in an evil or unjust manner by humanity. cf. Psalm 69:9, Psalm 97:10, John 2:13-17 and Matthew 21:12-13

** Why would Paul put a time limit on this type of "holy indignation" here in verse 26?

Because we are human beings. Even though saved, in very little time that which begins as a righteous indignation can quickly degenerate into an evil form of anger. That which the child of God is never to entertain.

** How do we control our tempers then?

We must become trained in recognizing our anger, whether it is on behalf of God's holiness, or if it is merely defending our own selfish egos. As soon as it is determined to be sinful, we must confess it as such and leave it behind. cf. Matthew 5:21-22

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