We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Monday, March 14, 2016

Do Not Sin In Your Anger

Never open the door to the devil.  When you lose your temper you open it wide; it could not be wider.  Nothing opens the door more widely than anger, and for this good reason.  The moment you are controlled by your temper you are no longer able to reason, you are no longer able to think, you can no longer give a balanced judgment, for you are altogether biased on one side and against the other side.  In other words, the power to reason and to think and to equate and evaluate — all that makes a man man — is gone; for the time being he is like a beast, the creature of his own passion and of an instinctive kind of power.  And of course that is just the very situation in which the devil sees his most glorious kind of opportunity!  It was when he persuaded Even and Adam to be angry against God that he very easily had them in his hands.  He aroused in them bitterness and enmity against God, and made them believe that God was against them; and so immediately the devil could do as he liked.  And think of the matter as you know it in life.  Is there anything that leads to more trouble than anger?  Things said in anger and in a bitter moment! — you would almost cut your tongue off, if you could, to get them back; and sometimes, though forgiven, they leave permanent wounds and scars.  What havoc is wrought in the world by sinful anger!

And then a sinful anger leads to the nursing of grievances, to a desire for revenge and to have our own back; it leads us to despise people and to treat them with contempt.  Sinful anger!  The moment it has taken over the devil enters in.  He will keep it going and insinuate thoughts and ideas and implant them.  Indeed, the whole of life can be ruined just because of anger.  Anger is always a cause of confusion, not only in the life of the individual but in the lives of all those who are involved in the business of living with such an individual.  Nothing, I maintain, so constantly gives the devil an opportunity as loss of control in anger.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Darkness and Light: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:17-5:17,” pg. 233-234


Anonymous said...

Very timely! Couldn't agree more! I actually ordered the book yesterday, Darkness and Light: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:17-5:17. I don't even know if we, as humans, are capable of righteous anger if an offense is "personal"! When we can be angry & not sin outwardly, that's good self-control. But it is truly what goes on inwardly that becomes sin, right? Of course like what you said about nursing your grievances, revenge, or wishing evil on someone, etc...that is definitely sin! But isn't there a natural consequence, like loss of trust and wanting to withdraw from the people who hurt us? I think that's what I struggle with the most!

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

This book is only one in an 8-volume series on Ephesians. I've been posting quotes from this series for quite some time. If you look at the label for Lloyd-Jones D Martyn, you'll be able to see those from Ephesians as well as other commentaries by him.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is possible to have righteous anger even for personal offenses. Yes, there are natural consequences like lost of trust and withdrawal from an offender. Trust must be reestablished, and that takes genuine repentance on the part of the offender, as well as time to prove the fruit of that repentance.

We are called to love. But we are called to do so with wisdom.


Pamela Couvrette said...

Great excerpt, thank you Glenn.