Here is a command to ‘be angry, but do not sin’. And most people rather foolishly teach that this verse says to be angry during the day time, but not at night. (Forgive before you sleep). That sounds pretty silly when it’s put in that way doesn’t it? But that is the way most of us had heard this verse taught. Instead, what it tells us, that there is a righteous and an unrighteous anger. If we are imitating Christ correctly, we will abhor evil. (Romans 12:9) God wants us to be very obvious as to what we believe in and stand for. He doesn’t want us mealy mouthed towards evil. Often times while growing up sisters and brothers fight, and even in marriage quarrels sprout up and we become angry with one another—but the general rule is, as time passes by, we are never quite as angry as in the beginning. What we were so strongly for or against at the start of the argument, doesn’t carry the same degree of importance as time passes by. This is what Satan uses against us—and keeps us from pressing on to victory. Now some of what we get angry about should slide right on by, because their isn’t much to gain by it. But what our verses for today are talking about is, there are things we should not allow to subside—we are not to allow our anger to go down with the sun—We are to keep it stirred up so that we don’t give Satan any place. God wants us to hate evil with every breath that we have, and this will keep us from sin—it will keep us from giving in to temptations. It will keep us hating sickness and diseases and all other sorts of evilness that too often Christians today has become tolerant of. If we truly hated sickness, we would fight more determined against it, but instead we tolerate it. We have let the sun go down on our anger towards sickness. Brothers and sisters, we need to become more truthful to our believes and not let the sun go down on those things that we hate.
Father, give me the strength and boldness not tolerated anything that is evil, whether sickness or sin of any sort. Teach me how to hate those things that You hate, and to not allow my anger to dissipate making me weak in what I stand for. Give me boldness and determination where it is needed. May my love for you always demonstrate its sincerity by standing against the things you hate. In Jesus’ name, Amen