Anger vs. rage

By Dave Henning / July 4, 2012

In Chapter 2 of Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Pastor Brian Jones provides a stark contrast between anger and rage.

Anger is:

1.  Normal

2.  Proportionate to the degree of the offense

3.  A God-given emotion

4.  Directed at a specific individual or group

5.  The Greek word for anger in the Bible (orge) means “to be puffed up or excited”

Rage is:

1.  Abnormal

2.  Disproportionate to the degree of offense

3.  Sinful

4.  Free-floating hostility

5.  The Greek word for rage in the Bible (thymos) means “to boil up

Again we are reminded of the words of St. Paul in Ephesians 4:26- “In your anger do not sin.  Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

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