The Seven Sins - Wrath

I would not look upon anger as something foreign to me that I have to fight... I have to deal with my anger with care, with love, with tenderness, with nonviolence

- Thich Nhat Hanh - Being Peace

Most people normally think that we are entitled to get angry at what we deem is wrong and unforgivable. Yet, is it really certain that our conceptions of righteousness are right? Furthermore, are we truly in a position to judge and get angry at other people? These questions will help us see clearly whether we are making one of the seven deadly sins that eventually lead to eternal damnation.

The rage and feelings of hatred that have gotten out of control is known as the sin of wrath (Latin, ira) and one of the strictly forbidden seven deadly sins. It is commonly held to be the son of human arrogance, which prevents people from tolerating any contradictions to their beliefs and values and as a result capacitates them to vent their anger. This sin is commonly associated with the bear and the color of red, which color is frequently considered as a symbol of anger, hatred, aggression and war.

However, it is to be borne in mind that not all emotions of anger are sinful, for in the Old Testament God was described as "angry" himself. Nevertheless, because Jesus never sinned, his anger must be right.

With that said, when shall we know when our wrath or anger becomes a deadly sin? Beware of any enduring resentment or desire of vengeance against certain people that grow and remain within our hearts for they are proofs of the sin of wrath. Carefully review not only our inner thoughts but also our actions and make sure that no word of insolence and torment is uttered from our lips nor any hostility is shown through our actions, as they too are wrath. We also commit the deadly sin when resorting to violence in the loss of self-control or refusing to listen to any reasons for forgiveness.

To be angry is to yield to the influence of Satan. No one can make us angry. It is our choice.

- Thomas S. Monson-

Therefore, it is clear that the sin of wrath lies not in the emotion but in the attitude. For as long as one disregards love and compassion and goes for rage instead, one has committed a deadly sin. Fury gets in the way of our mental peace, without which spiritual growth is totally impossible. Recall one’s own sins and realize that one is in no position to judge other people. Ask yourself: why am I angry? In place of wrath, we must respond to any offenses with kindness and patience, as that is what should be in our heart.

Life is so short. The only person you hurt when you stay angry or hold grudges is you. Forgive everyone, including yourself

- Tom Giaquinto -

@Kevin La