Tuesday, August 11, 2009, Bible Lesson Presentation, Ross Tolbert
The feeling of anger is not sin, anger is emotion, but understand that anger, can cause people to sin. When you are angry you have three choices:
- Express it: Scream, hit, punch, this is what the world tells us to do with our anger, but expressing it doesn't work. When one gives into anger, he or she becomes angrier person. Each time a person gives into anger it becomes easier to give in again, and again. Anger cannot be satisfied by expressing it. Keep in mind expressing anger is where road rage and shaken baby syndrome come from. Expressing anger is giving over to carnality and will ruin your Christian testimony.
- Repress it: Some people learn not to express anger because they know it's wrong. Internalizing anger instead of letting go can cause bitterness in the heart. Bitterness in the heart is just as wrong as carnal anger. More specifically, bottling up anger and keeping bitter attitudes is just as bad as screaming, hitting, and punching. Bitterness destroys a person from within. People that learn to repress anger are never happy. They are pressure cookers, time bombs, waiting to go off.
- Release it: You have to release anger or it will get the best of you in the end. This is the only way to overcome carnal anger and bitterness. Learn to let it go and give it to God.
How do I release anger?
- Pray and give it to God: If something happens that really makes you mad, leave the area and the person, then call out to God.
- Works through forgiveness: If one remembers that God forgave him or her of much more than he or she will ever need to forgive someone else, it makes it easier to let anger go and replace it with forgiveness.
Some people have a bigger battle with anger than others. If you struggle with anger, recognize anger puts you in jeopardy of sinning. Many people have the idea giving into anger is okay. It is not okay to give in, giving into anger is wrong and will cause you to sin.
Eph 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not:…
Eph 4:26 is not an excuse to give into anger. Adam Clark says this could have been translated: Be careful when you are angry that you do not sin.
Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Psa 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:…
The bible does not make an excuse for anger – it condemns it. If you struggle with anger, recognize it as something that will lead you to sin and fight to get it out of your life.
Eccl 7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
Who wants to be called a fool?
Prov 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
We need to remember God doesn’t want us to let anger overcome us so much that we sin.
Col 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy filthy communication out of your mouth.
Anger will produce filthy communication; this filthy communication may be cussing, taking the lords name in vain, and also abusive language that comes out of your mouth when you are angry. How do we treat others when we are angry and what do we say? Does it glorify God?
How do I know when my anger is wrong?:
- When you are out of control and temper is in control.
- When you want to get even or punish someone.
Rom 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil (don’t get even). Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Rom 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine (God's); I will repay, saith the Lord.
Don’t carry anger
Eph 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
Eph 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.
Paul was saying drop your anger, don't live with it and don’t carry it over to the next day. If you do you are giving a place in your heart to the devil.