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The Danger of Uncontrolled Anger

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We must be cautious our emotions if we are going to preserve the Unity of the Spirit, this means guarding ourselves from uncontrolled anger.

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If we are going to maintain the unity of the Spirit, we must control our emotions!
The Church is the Training Ground
We have all likely known of Church fights and conflict, and likely it was due to uncontrolled emotions. In a moment of emotional rise, someone responded and sent the whole conflict into a whirlwind.
Proverbs 15:18 ESV
18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
Proverbs 15:19 ESV
19 The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.
Proverbs 19:11 ESV
11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
You could be the cause of causing great grief and destruction to the Name of God and of His Church.
Out text hints that there is a good anger, and a bad one.

The Bible on Anger

Unrighteous Anger

Forbidded in Scripture
Proverbs 29:22 ESV
22 A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.
Psalm 37:8 ESV
8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 ESV
9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.
Motivated by Self
Jealousy
1 Samuel 18:8 ESV
8 And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands, and what more can he have but the kingdom?”
Cain
Saul
Pride
Jonah 4:1 ESV
1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.
Jonah
Resisting the Truth
Asa at Hanani
Jeremiah suffered
James 1:19–20 ESV
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Jame
James 1:19 ESV
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
Tends toward murder
Genesis 4:4–5 ESV
4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell.
“Anger typically entails a desire to damage or destroy the other person, either in some personal way or literally in the form of murder”
Genesis 4:4–5 ESV
4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell.
Righteous Anger
Matthew 5:22 ESV
22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

Righteous Anger

“be angry”
Motivated by a desire for God’s Glory & a love for others
Moses at Israel
Exodus 32:19 ESV
19 And as soon as he came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses’ anger burned hot, and he threw the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain.
Saul at the oppression of God’s people
1 Samuel 11:6 ESV
6 And the Spirit of God rushed upon Saul when he heard these words, and his anger was greatly kindled.
Jesus at the hard hearts of men
Mark 3:5 ESV
5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
Psalm 69:9 ESV
9 For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.
It’s
It’s okay to be angry at good things, it’s right! There are things that should make us angry!
God has Anger
Psalm 76:6–8 ESV
6 At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both rider and horse lay stunned. 7 But you, you are to be feared! Who can stand before you when once your anger is roused? 8 From the heavens you uttered judgment; the earth feared and was still,
Slow to Be Angry
Psalm 145:8 ESV
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
Psa
It is Just
Lamentations 1:18 ESV
18 “The Lord is in the right, for I have rebelled against his word; but hear, all you peoples, and see my suffering; my young women and my young men have gone into captivity.
Romans 2:6–8 ESV
6 He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.
Rom. 2:6-8
Revelation 16:6–7 ESV
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. It is what they deserve!” 7 And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, Lord God the Almighty, true and just are your judgments!”
This anger was averted by Christ!
John 3:36 ESV
36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
Romans 5:9 ESV
9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
John 3:17–19 ESV
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.

The Danger Of Uncontrolled Anger

It can go bad!

“sin not”
Because of the bent of our nature, even good anger can turn bad.
Saul is an example of this!
James 1:19 ESV
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
James 1:19–20 ESV
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
James 1:

It Can Grow Rampant (Like a fire inside)

“let not the sun go down on your anger (wrath)”
Uncle Tommy and I set fire to the garden edges and almost burnt the whole forest up.
Example: Hatfields and the McCoys
So control you emotions
Proverbs 19:11 ESV
11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

It Gives an Opportunity for Satan

Loves to have an opportunity to break the unity among God’s people. It weakens her witness.
It’s a snare
Prov. 22:24
Proverbs 22:24–25 ESV
24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, 25 lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

What to do with Anger?

Trust in the Lord
Psalm 4:4 ESV
4 Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah
Psalm 4:4
Don’t seek vengeance.
Romans 12:19 ESV
19 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.”

Practical Exhortations

If we are going to preserve the Unity of the Spirit, we are going to have to work at this.
1. Don’t be quick to be angry.
Proverbs 15:18 ESV
18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
James 1:19 ESV
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
Proverbs 15:18 ESV
18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 ESV
9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.
2. Cultivate a restful spirit in the sovereignty of God.
3. Always assume the best of someone until you know the facts.
4. Overlook minor offences
5. Refuse respond to conflict sinfully by stirring up strife or slander or gossip as a result of your anger.
Don’t allow yourself to stew on anger. Purpose to resolve conflicts biblically. Quickly, discreetly, privately.
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