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June 19 – Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath

June 19, 2012

Wrath defined is an emotional interpretation of having been offended, wronged or denied and a tendency to undo the wrong by retaliation.  In its simplicity it is anger.  This leads me to question this one as I consider whether it is sin or not.  Everything I could find on this seems to indicate the point where I would experience the loss of rational self-control and have a desire to harm others.  It seems to be distinct from simple anger.  In fact, some verses use both terms together in a list of sins that will lead to destruction (see below).  I can see why it is so dangerous.

Again, this is why I say Christianity calls me to a higher calling.  Jesus said in:

Mat 5:22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:

And John writes in:

1 John 3:15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Paul wrote in Romans 12:

Rom 12:19

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

The wrath he is referring to is that desire to get revenge, or to hurt somebody, or to even kill.

Paul wrote of how the Colossians, at one time, were guilty of wrath, but were now commanded to put it (and other things) away from them.

 Col 3:8  But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Eph 4:31  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

Clearly, wrath, that which desires the hurt of others, that which wishes ill-will on a brother, is not of God; it is a selfish desire of the heart that I must purge.  A heart full of wrath is legitimately a sin that can lead to eternal damnation.

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