Summary: I. STEPS TO MADNESS -- II. ANGER’S GROWTH -- III. ANGER’S SIGNS -- IV. ANGER MANAGEMENT
May 16 1894. Baltimore Orioles came to Boston to play a routine baseball game. But what happened that day was anything but routine. John McGraw then with the Baltimore Orioles got in a fight with the Boston third baseman. Soon both teams were battling and the warfare erupted on the field and then spread to the
stands. Among the fans the conflict went from bad to worse. the stands were set on fire and the entire ballpark burned to the ground, as well as 170 other Boston buildings. The memories were so bitter from this incident that McGraw’s National League winning Giants refused to play the World Series in 1904 because it would have been against the American League champion Boston Braves. ~from The Very Worst in Sports
Think about this::
It started as a game of baseball,
Two players got into a fight Erupted into angry firestorm All because of uncontrolled anger
1 Sam 18 should have been a time of victory and celebration
From Pride to out of control Obsession
Both Saul & David were chosen for leadership
Both were anointed by the HS
The friendship of Jonathan stands in opposition to the anger of Saul.
Hardly had David experienced the one before he was exposed to the other.
I. STEPS TO MADNESS.
1. Increasing self-will, pride - 15:15, 20
2. Selfishness & focus upon himself. 15:19, 30
3. Rejection from God and conviction of his disfavor.15:26, 28, 16:14-17
4 Sense of lost - 17:18 (and the LORD is with him)
5. Felt threatened - 18:6-7
6. Angry. He "was very wroth, and the saying displeased him" (ver. 8).
7. Filled with jealousy 18:9
8. Darkness of madness - 18:10
9. Murderous mind 18:11
10. Obsession 18:17, 25
II. ANGER’S GROWTH
1. Peoples Choice v 8- Rating their achievements
- Remember that on a warm day the snake comes out.
2, Personal Excellence - 18:12, 28
Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with him David
NOTE: "behaved himself wisely" v. 5
- "very wisely" v.15
- "more wisely than all" v.30
- His actions led to his success v.30
3. Frustrated Heart.18:12
- "And Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him,"
- "And Cain was very wroth Gen. 4:5
- Saul knew the LORD’s choice - 1 John 3:1-4.
III. ANGER’S SIGNS
1. Unreasonableness. 18:17, 25
2. Ungrateful - v.13, 16
- Doing the Kings business- he "went out whithersoever Saul sent him," and fought for him
- Being Saul’s armorbearer 16:21
- Soothing the kings spirit 16:23, 18:10
- in the defeat of Goliath
3. Unfairness 20:34
- He did him "shame" by assuming suspicions of his loyalty and treating him as a traitor.
4. Ungodliness 18:11, 17, 22, 25
- For his intents – He lies
Pr 14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
- Anger’s jealousy lies at the heart like a worm, always gnawing and corroding it with it’s invisible sting and poison"
- Taking things into his own hands produsing ungovernable rage
IV. ANGER MANAGEMENT
1. Recognize rising anger
2 Seek a renewed heart
3. Dwell much on the love of Christ
4. Learn to admire excellence in others
5. Commit your way onto the Lord
6. Forgive those who have wronged you