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Greek Word Study - Anger

I've been noticing lately that my sins are not as bad as other people's sins. Oh, I know we all have sins and that is wrong, but I mean that my sins are more understandable. Do you know what I mean? Some people do things I would not even think of doing—why, I’m not even tempted by such things! And the things that do tempt me—well, they’re understandable. Let me show you what I mean.

Some people have really nasty tempers. They explode in wrath and dump their animosities on anyone around them. (The Greek word for this kind of wrath is thumos – thoo MOSS.) They try to justify their sin by saying, “Maybe I lose my temper a lot, but at least I get it all out of my system and don't carry a grudge.” The Scrip¬tures warn us that thumos must be put away from the Christian life (Eph 4:31).

I, on the other hand, rare1y lose my cool. If I am provoked by someone, I grit my teeth and hold back my temper. Sometimes my anger doesn't even show! This pent-up anger produces long-lasting resentment, of course, but it is my natural temperament. (The Greek word for this pent-up anger is orge – or GAY.) It certainly seems justifiable to me to sustain this kind of anger, because at least I don't explode all over everyone. For some reason, however, the Scriptures also forbid orge in the very same verse as above (Eph 4:31).

I suppose I really should work on my orge problem, but at least I don't have a thumos problem like some people I know. I’m just glad my sins are not as bad as other people’s sins!