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The key foundational truth in Proverbs is this: to pursue wisdom is to pursue God, and to deny God is to walk in the way of a fool.
Section 1: God: Wisdom concerning the nature and values of God
Ways of Wisdom and Folly
Fear of God
What God hates
The Commands of God
Strength when tempted
Section Two—The Inner Life:Wisdom concerning the body, heart, and mind
Section Two—The Inner Life:Wisdom concerning the body, heart, and mind
Strength in God
Health and Happiness
Adversity and Anger

Adversity

Harboring anger can destroy a person, but facing our anger often requires a great deal of humility and courage. It is easier to blame other people for the problems in our lives than to do the soul-searching work of admitting our own responsibility. The Bible cares about how we handle relationships in times of adversity and through seasons of anger.
These proverbs are like a hand on your shoulder, telling you to take a breath before you barge, guns blazing, into conflict.
Holding anger inside us is bad for us and our relationships with each other and God. Facing our anger often means letting go of our pride. Simply put it is easier to blame others than to admit our sin and take responsibility. The Bible has much to say about how we relate to others in times of adversity and anger. We will look at both this morning.
These verses tell us to take a step back breath
Don’t fear sudden danger or the ruin of the wicked when it comes, 26 for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from a snare.
If we want to walk in wisdom we cannot fear the destruction that ultimately comes upon the wicked, not the wicked hurting us by causing adversity but put your trust in God and he will be our confidence and trust and will give us the grace to live the upright lifestyle he calls us too
A friend loves at all times,and a brother is born for a difficult time.
True friends are faithful always (in times of trial and prosperity)
Don’t abandon your friend or your father’s friend, and don’t go to your brother’s house in your time of calamity; better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
Invest in community with those that are near, it’s better to be able to call on those near us than someone that we know that is far away.
Q. Look at . What dangers do you fear the most? What does it mean that the Lord is our “confidence”? 
Q. What is your general reaction to adversity? Do you tend to blame God for it? Do you reach out to Him for comfort? 
Q. What do you think is saying? 

Anger

A friend loves at all times,and a brother is born for a difficult time.
Don’t abandon your friend or your father’s friend, and don’t go to your brother’s house in your time of calamity; better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
Section Two—The Inner Life:Wisdom concerning the body, heart, and mind
The proverbs we study this week we are turning our attention inward. We’re examining ourselves in light of the wisdom God’s Word provides on the topics of seduction and strength, health and happiness, adversity and anger, counsel and instruction, and humility and pride.
Q. Look at . What dangers do you fear the most? What does it mean that the Lord is our “confidence”? 
Day Ten: Adversity and Anger 
Q. What is your general reaction to adversity? Do you tend to blame God for it? Do you reach out to Him for comfort? 
Harboring anger can destroy a person, but facing our anger often requires a great deal of humility and courage. It is easier to blame other people for the problems in our lives than to do the soul-searching work of admitting our own responsibility. The Bible cares about how we handle relationships in times of adversity and through seasons of anger.
Q. What do you think is saying? 
These proverbs are like a hand on your shoulder, telling you to take a breath before you barge, guns blazing, into conflict.
Adversity
Proverbs 3:25-26 25 Don’t fear sudden danger or the ruin of the wicked when it comes, 26 for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from a snare.
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times,and a brother is born for a difficult time.
Proverbs 27:10 Don’t abandon your friend or your father’s friend, and don’t go to your brother’s house in your time of calamity; better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
Ask
Q. Look at Proverbs 3:25-26. What dangers do you fear the most? What does it mean that the Lord is our “confidence”? 
Q. What is your general reaction to adversity? Do you tend to blame God for it? Do you reach out to Him for comfort? 
Q. What do you think Proverbs 27:10 is saying? 
Anger
Harboring anger can destroy a person, but facing our anger often requires a great deal of humility and courage. It is easier to blame other people for the problems in our lives than to do the soul-searching work of admitting our own responsibility. The Bible cares about how we handle relationships in times of adversity and through seasons of anger.
These proverbs are like a hand on your shoulder, telling you to take a breath before you barge, guns blazing, into conflict.
Adversity
Don’t fear sudden danger or the ruin of the wicked when it comes, 26 for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from a snare.
A friend loves at all times,and a brother is born for a difficult time.
Don’t abandon your friend or your father’s friend, and don’t go to your brother’s house in your time of calamity; better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
Ask
Q. Look at . What dangers do you fear the most? What does it mean that the Lord is our “confidence”? 
Q. What is your general reaction to adversity? Do you tend to blame God for it? Do you reach out to Him for comfort? 
Q. What do you think is saying? 
Anger
Don’t accuse anyone without cause, when he has done you no harm.
Hatred stirs up conflicts, but love covers all offenses.
A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.
To start a conflict is to release a flood; stop the dispute before it breaks out.
Don’t take a matter to court hastily. Otherwise, what will you do afterward if your opponent humiliates you?
Discuss how anger is addressed in these passages
Proverbs 29:22
An angry man stirs up strife, And a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression.
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A fool's anger is known at once, But a prudent man conceals dishonor.
James 1:19–20 ESV
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
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We see throughout Proverbs (and the rest of scripture) that anger doesn’t line up with godliness and wisdom
Q. What makes you angry? Why? In what ways do you see pride and anger working together in your life?
Q. Based on the wisdom of these verses, do you think it is possible for you to harbor anger without it affecting anyone else? Why or why not?
Q. Do you harbor anger? Does unresolved anger ever just go away? What hope does Scripture give us for our angry hearts (see )? 
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