Summary: Lets look at our anger control. Don't be mad but it might need some attention.
God’s anger management
Turn to Ephesians 4:26-4:32.
We are going to look at the subject of anger this morning. Don’t be Mad!
Anger is one of those things that we quickly see in others, quickly condemn, but when we look at ourselves, it is often justified.
I tell it like is, and people don’t like it.
If people wouldn’t tick me off, I wouldn’t get angry.
Some people just don’t know when to be quiet.
It really is that speck in your eye and plank in mine kind of thing.
How do you handle anger? Maybe I should ask others.
Jesus got mad! He turned the tables of the money changers in the Temple. Does that mean that we can?
Do we get mad at the same things that anger God?
Do we handle it the same way Jesus would?
Today we live in a society that has many one word, one situation, one event, from snapping and going off the deep edge. Today, people we do not even know smash cars into people to kill and harm them because something happened in their life and they go into road rage. They are so depressed and unhappy that they are willing to kill others because they are unhappy.
Anger defined in three categories
Rage- an explosive, uncontrolled expression of anger
Resentment- unexpressed anger, denied by their hurts and frustrations. This anger destroys from inside out.
Indignation- Righteous anger about injustice and unholy situations. God’s anger would fall into this category.
It has been described as this;
Anger is an intense emotional reaction, sometimes expressed in open behavior and sometimes remaining mostly as expressed feelings. Anger is not only emotional, it is biochemical as well. Anger triggers the human body defense system. Adrenalin is pumped into the blood stream and sets off the fight or flight response. Blood pressure increases, eyes are dilated for better peripheral vision, and the muscles are supplied with a sudden burst of energy. It is emotional and physical readiness to be aggressive. (you can picture a aggressive and angry person.)
Anger is a universal human emotion found in different degrees by personality and temper.
Shy or extrovert
Perfectionist or laid back
Sometimes they appear one way and are another.
What makes anger dangerous is that it is powerful, flares suddenly, and often irrational.
People’s fuses are short.
People are angry inside.
They show it by blowing the horn, hand gestures, tongue lashings, and physical abuse.
Some wear it as a badge of honor.
Let’s see what God says about it.
Remind ourselves of how God wants it handled.
Remember that all anger is not sin.
The best way to look at this passage is to look at its context and then write down observations.
In its context, Paul is writing to the church about the character of a believer.
How to live.
How to act toward others.
How the body of Christ operates.
How we should treat spouses, children.
How to maintain unity.
Putting on the armor of God to protect us from enemy that wants to destroy us at every level.