Defeating the Giant of Anger

June 27, 2021   /   Jared Douglas   /   First Red Oak

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. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.  Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”  Ephesians 4:26-32

“Anger is an legitimate emotion that is often expressed illegitimately.”

2 truths about anger:

  1. Anger is a Heart Problem.

“Don’t be quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger abides in the heart of fools.”  Ecclesiastes 7:9  

  2. Anger is a Hurt Problem.

  • Our Anger Hurts Others
  • Our Anger Hurts Us
  • Our Anger Hurts Our Relationship With God

3 Biblical Ways to Defeat the Giant of Anger in Our Lives:

  1. Communicate it Correctly.

“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.” Ephesians 4:26

“Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.”   Proverbs 13:3     

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”   Proverbs 15:1                      

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,  because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”  James 1:19-20         2. Commit to Controlling it.

“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise keep themselves under control.”   Proverbs 29:11             

“Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.”  Proverbs 16:32          3. Consider the Consequences of it.

“An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.”   Proverbs 29:22              

“A quick-tempered person does many foolish things.” Proverbs 14:17

“Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays foolishness.”  Proverbs 14:29   

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