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Summary: to learn how to control anger in godly ways

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Good and Angry

James 1:19-20

Primary Purpose: To encourage the congregation to control their anger in

godly ways.

Introduction:

Think of the last time you got angry. How did you respond to those around you? Did you say things you shouldn’t have or hurt your witness to

another person? Sometimes we can really destroy our witness when we get angry. Is all anger sin? Is it possible to control my anger and express it? I

feel that in the church today we lose a lot of our credibility with those in our community, the unchurched and the unsaved because of our witness to them when we get angry.

A lady once came to Billy Sunday and tried to rationalize her angry outbursts. “There’s nothing wrong with losing my temper,” She said, “I blow up, and then it’s all over.” So does a shotgun,” Sunday replied, “and look at the damage it leaves

behind!”

Getting angry can sometimes be like leaping into a wonderfully responsive sports car, gunning the motor, taking off at high speed and then discovering

the brakes are out of order. We need to learn to control our anger. (Read Scripture)

Anger defined- a God given emotional response usually tied to a goal, value or expectation. It usually ignites when we feel invalidated or rejected. It can

be expressed by exploding anger and imploding. A God given emotion-

Dr.David Seamands said “Anger is a divinely implanted emotion. Closely allied to our instinct for right, it is designed to be used for constructive

spiritual purposes. The person who cannot feel anger at evil is a person who lacks enthusiasm for good. If you cannot hate wrong, it is very questionable

whether you really love righteousness. To not express anger is to not be human." The word anger or angry here is the word orge in the greek. Originally it meant any natural desire or impulse, came later to signify anger. In the KJV it uses the word wrath instead of anger.

The answer isn’t to repress it, but to express it assertively. Even God gets angry. When Christ was in the temple turning over tables, He didn’t do it with a smile on His face. When He called the Pharisees a bunch of white washed tombs and a pit of vipers--

He wasn’t just trying to be politically correct. He was mad. It says though that God is slow to anger (Ps 86:15). God’s anger lasts a moment, while his

favor lasts a lifetime. See also Prov 29:11- a fool gives full vent to his anger.

Expressing Anger in a Godly Life

1. Admit I have a problem (1 John 1:9). You can’t receive what God wants to give you until you accept the fact that your holding on to some things God

wants you to give up. Our problem is that we come to a point in our Christian life where we become comfortable and we stop surrendering all things to

Christ. Surrender means that I have given God permission to change, mold or to rid my life of anything that hinders me from becoming all that He wants me to be. We need to surrender our anger to God and allow Him to change us.

We have so many baby Christians in the church today because we came to a point of comfort and stopped allowing God to work in our lives. We are not


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