Regarding Anger, Fear, and Anxiety as Sins to Repent Of

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Are anger, fear, and anxiety sins to be repented of? Some believe so, pointing to the presence of commands in the Bible to put away anger, fear not, and be not anxious for anything. We must know what to make of these one way or another, without either being antinomian or excessively severe to those who are suffering more than sinning when they feel negative emotions.

As Christians, we are told to not act like the world does, in the futility of their minds. They do not understand, and are estranged from godly living because they are ignorant and stubborn.

Instead, we should not only tell one another the truth as Christians, but we should allow one another to tell the truth - even hard truths - as members alike of the body of Christ.

A truth, then, is that you have permission to be angry for a little while. Just don't think your anger gives you a right to sin. And don't think you have a license to keep on stubbornly being angry.

What's more, you should know that so long as you stubbornly hold onto being angry, you make yourself vulnerable to Satan, who loves to exploit your anger to tempt and derail you.

For example, some of what you may be tempted to say in the heat of the moment would wickedly hurt you and the people around you if you gave into the temptation. Yet however you feel, you nevertheless have a duty to say only things that build up the people around you, as appropriate to the circumstance, in a gracious way.

So stop stubbornly clinging to your bitterness, anger, strife, and accusing of others. You have no right to be malicious just because you have pain or personal suffering. Instead, your calling is to kindness, gentleness, and forgiveness, because God in Christ forgave you.

You are in such a hurry to talk and get angry. Be in a hurry to listen instead. And remember that our anger is not nearly so conducive to the righteousness of God as it is a weakness Satan wants to exploit to even more suffering for us and those around us.

Merely listening to the truth is not enough. Don't kid yourself. You have to act and relate and orient yourself according to the truth, however you feel. If you count yourself a fine Christian, but you don't control what comes out of your mouth, your religiosity means nothing.

But do tell the anxious, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” And don't be anxious about your own life, or about anything. Pray and give thanks instead. And take your requests to God. Then your heart and your mind will be safe in Christ.

Stop being so afraid of people, whatever power they have to hurt you in this life. Everything hidden is known by God and will be made known by Him in the end. However menacing the malicious people in your life are, they can't kill your soul.

But do be afraid of God who has power and authority to dispose of you body and soul. And yet He says you're worth more than many sparrows, so you shouldn't be afraid in another sense. The number of hairs on your head are known by your Creator. So you don't need to be afraid because your Father in Heaven gives you the kingdom.

Christ's peace he left with us; his peace he gave us. And he doesn't give like the world gives. So don't let your hearts be troubled, and don't be angry, anxious, or afraid.

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