Wrath, also known as “rage”, may be described as inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger.
Wrath, in its purest form, presents with self-destructiveness, violence, and hate
that may provoke feuds
that can go on for centuries. Wrath may persist long after the person who did another a grievous wrong is dead. Feelings of anger can manifest in different ways, including impatience
, and self-destructive behavior,
such as drug abuse or suicide.
Wrath is the only sin not necessarily associated with selfishness or self-interest, although one can of course be wrathful for selfish reasons, such as jealousy (closely related to the sin of envy). In its original form, the sin of wrath also encompassed anger pointed internally as well as externally. Thus suicide was deemed as the ultimate, albeit tragic, expression of hatred directed inwardly, a final rejection of God’s gifts.