Moving on to the deadly sin of wrath. When I think of the word wrath I just think of anger on steroids (just some random info for you guys). I love this picture because it reminds me that these sins, all sin, is in us from birth. Even children can possess wrath and anger, because we are a fallen race, and all in need of redemption.
Anyways, I will define wrath as found on Google (first one when you type in “define wrath”). Wrath is: Extreme anger (chiefly used for humorous or rhetorical effect).
Is it really hard to understand how extreme anger could be a sin, and a deadly one at that?!? Again, it is a issue of the heart, and this is a hard one for me especially as I can sometimes be just a downright angry person. Many times when I sit and I think about it and analyze myself I find myself baffled by my reactions to things and the amount of anger and rage that comes from within me. I wonder where does this come from? WHY am I so angry? I know it is a heart problem, but I don’t know what is going on in my heart that brings about such an attitude. At any rate, this attitude, and my occasional and sometimes all too frequent fits of rage or anger ALWAYS get me into trouble and of course make me out to be the fool, and more times than not it is because I am the fool. Anyways, I think I will just jump right on into what the Lord has to say about this one in His Word, y’all don’t want to hear about me and my ramblings! Ha Ha.
“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.”
“Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”
“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.”
“But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”
” Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.”
“What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.”