4 – Facing Anger
Anger is energy aroused in defense of something good and released against something evil.
“Be angry, and do not sin.” Psalm 4:4
“Man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires” James 1:2
“Anger resides in the lap of fools” Ecclesiastes 7:9
“Do not associate with one easily angered” Proverbs 22:24
“You must rid yourselves of […] anger…” Colossians 3:8
the ‘biblical acceptability’ of your anger depends upon the law which you’re angrily defending.
We’re not grieved and angry in unison with God; in fact, in many cases, we’re angry at God for allowing such things to come our way.
your anger should be motivated by the law of God, not the law of self.
“Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” 1 Samuel 17:28
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
The key to real, lasting change in our spiritual life is constantly filling ourselves up with faith. Giants seldom go away quickly.
1. Remind yourself you aren’t perfect to begin with
“Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.” Psalm 85:5-7
2. Remind yourself that God made peace with you
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given… and his name shall be called… Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
3. Remember God is your avenger
“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another.” Romans 12:14-16
4. Remember to forgive as we have been forgiven
“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” Ephesians 4:25-27
5. Remind yourself you are a son or daughter of God
– How easy is it for you to spot the anger in your life? Can you more easily see it in the lives of others? Why or why not?
– How does anger most show up in your life – actively (words, actions) or passively (withdrawl and non-verbals)?
– Are you comfortable being angry? Admitting your angry? How does your family do anger?
– What are some issues that may be below your anger?
– What might some action steps be for you this week in light of what you heard Todd preach?