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A mature man of
God is not prone to
anger. Putting it in
fashion, he does not
have a short fuse.
But notice, the Bible
all anger as sin.
In fact, Paul states,
“Be angry and yet do
not sin...”(Eph. 4:26).
Here, Paul of course
is not encouraging
“anger,” rather he is
concerned that when
Christians do get an-
gry, they should not
sin in the process.
Anger, like love, is a
part of the very nature
of God himself, and
man being made in
the image of God has
an unusual capacity
When is anger sinful?
Anger is sinful when
it rises too soon.
This is the concept
inherent in Paul’s
statement in Titus 1:7.
A Christian is not to
be “quick tempered,”
to allow himself to be-
come suddenly upset
This kind of person
“flies off the handle”,
he is not in control of
his own spirit, he is
easily threatened and
is quick to retaliate.
Anger is also sinful
when it is prolonged.
Following Paul’s in-
struction to “be anger
and yet do not sin”, he
added “do not let the
sun go down on your
anger and do not give
the devil an opportu-
nity”.(Eph. 4:26, 27).
Sinful anger is a
“brooding” kind of
anger. It continues to
smoulder and seeks
It is characterised by
bitterness, it is subjec-
tive and causes a man
to lose perspective; it
carries a grudge, look-
ing for an opportunity
to get even.
This kind of anger
leads a man to “pay
back evil for evil”.
Sinful anger is also
man-centred. It takes
the law into its own
hands, it tries to play
“God”, it is revengeful
It is a selfish person-
al reaction. This kind
of anger James says
does not “achieve the
righteousness of God”.
Listen to the Bible:
“Never pay back evil
for evil to anyone.
Respect what is right
in the sight of all men.
If possible, so far as
it depends on you, be
at peace with all men.
Never take your own
revenge, beloved, but
leave room for the
wrath of God, for it is
written, vengeance is
mine, I will repay, says
“But if your enemy
is hungry, feed him and
if he is thirsty, give him
a drink; for in so doing
you will heap burning
coals upon his head!
Do not be overcome
by evil, but overcome
evil with good”. (Rom.
To sum up then,
anger is sinful when
it arises too soon,
when it is prolonged
and when it takes the
law into its own hands,
attempting to pay back
evil for evil.
This kind of anger
reflects a lifestyle
by other selfish man-
ifestations, such as
wrath, malice, slander
and abusive speech.
Christians are to “put
them all aside,” the
Bible says, including
anger (Col. 3:8).
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Be Angry and Sin Not
Poetic justice at Licensing Office
Let’s backtrack a bit. When I
went into the office at Licensing
to get a date for the inspection,
the clerk gave me March 15. I
asked if there wasn’t an earlier
date, he said no.
A friend of mine who had two
T vehicles and went the next day
was given March 14. Maybe it was
a good thing as Licensing ran out
of certificates to give out by 11 am
that day. So after waiting for a long
time in the line, my friend did not
get the vehicles inspected.
Vehicles parked on Wrightson
Road waiting for the gate to open
at 6 am on March 15 were there to
do transfers, new Nissan vehicles
and other vehicles were there for
When the gate opened, there
was a steady flow of vehicles but
interestingly, one of the new Nissan
vehicles was still parked in its spot.
By 6:57 am the line for inspection
was at the entrance. Lucky for me,
John, a friend of mine, was in front
of me so we passed the time talking
until 8:10 am when the line started
Kudos to Licensing personnel
who recognised that the best way to
speed up the process was to have an
officer go to each vehicle to get the
required certificate of ownership
and the payment receipt to check
the information on the certificate
and the vehicle.
Remember the new Nissan T
vehicle left outside on Wrightson
Road? Well, while chatting with
John, we noticed that the vehicle
bypassed all the others in the line
and parked to the left of us about
two vehicles in front of John’s ve-
I commented that the driver was
not serious about cutting in before
us, because if you are not ready to
come onto the compound when the
line starts to move at 6 am, you just
have to go to the back of the line.
I asked the driver of the vehicle
why he parked where he did and did
not go to the back of the line.
He indicated to John and I that
he was already parked in the line on
Wrightson Road and he did not see
why he should go to the back of the
line when he was already in the line.
I asked how could he expect to
just cut in when there was no driver
in the vehicle when the line started
Unfortunately, he could not
understand the point that I was
To cut a long story short–a dif-
ferent driver moved the vehicle to
the lane which is reserved for regis-
tration of vehicle and was not there
when I reached the point to enter
the bay for inspection.
The important lessons that I
learnt when my vehicle eventually
got into the bay for inspection are:
• Wash my vehicle. It really is not
fair to have the licensing officer’s
getting their hands dirty.
• When doing the hand brake
test do not mash the brakes before
pulling up the hand brake. Because I
did that, the officer gave me a form
that said—“hand brakes need to be
I hustled to Neal & Massy Quik
Service in Petit Valley and the
brakes were adjusted. Got back
to Licensing at 10:30 am and was
advised that I had to go to the back
of the line. Luckily there were not
that many vehicles.
While waiting, a black 4x4 came
in front of my vehicle. When I en-
quired from the driver how he could
just cut in front of me, he asked me
where I was parked.
He grudgingly indicated that
he will let me go in front of him
when the line started to move and
promptly took up his window glass
while I was still talking to him.
When I eventually got to the line
just before the bay, the officer went
for one hour lunch break.
I eventually did the correct ac-
tion for the hand brake test and
went into the office to get the in-
spection sticker. When I enquired
about the driver in the black 4x4
who was rude to me, I was told he
had to leave the line when he got to
the top because he did not have his
certificate of ownership.
Talk about poetic justice.
Kudos to Licensing personnel who recognised the best way to speed up the process was to have an officer go to
each vehicle to get the certificate of ownership and payment receipt to check the information on the vehicle.
Sinful anger is a
“brooding” kind of anger.
It continues to smoulder
and seeks revenge.
It is characterised
by bitterness, it
is subjective and
causes a man to lose
perspective; it carries a
grudge, looking for an
opportunity to get even.
This kind of anger leads
a man to “pay back evil
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