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Summary: A sermon on controlling anger

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Overcoming Anger

Proverbs 19:11

11Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.

Illustration:

Ever Heard of Air Rage

-As a passenger boarded the Los Angeles-to-New York plane, he told the flight attendant to wake him and make sure he got off when they set down at the mid point in Dallas. The passenger awoke just as the plane was landing in New York. Furious, he called the flight attendant and demanded an explanation. She mumbled an apology and, in a rage, the passenger stomped off the plane. "Boy, was he ever mad!" another crew member observed to her errant colleague, "If you think he was mad," replied the flight attendant, "you should have seen the guy I put off the plane in Dallas!"

A. But have you ever lost your temper? Do you ever do things you wish you hadn’t done, or say things you wish you had never said?

Well, the Bible has something to say about overcoming anger. Proverbs 19:11 says, "11Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.” (NLT)

The secret? If someone offends you, & if you are a man of wisdom (God’s wisdom) then you can overlook it, & not allow the situation to become a major event that overwhelms you.

B. there are 4 types of anger dealt with in the Bible.

1. There is sudden anger. ----is to be controlled.

2. There is sinful anger. The Bible says to be condemned.

3. There is stubborn anger.---- is to be conquered.

4. There is sanctified anger. r is to be channeled.

I. SUDDEN ANGER IS TO BE CONTROLLED

A. First of all there is sudden anger, & the Bible says that

sudden anger is to be controlled.

1. Proverbs 14:17 says, "A quick-tempered man does foolish

things." blame our quick temper on our red hair. blame it

on our heritage. After all, we’re Irish or something

2. But the bottom line is, if we have a short fuse, we’re

going to do a lot of foolish things.

3. When we lose our temper we say things we know we

shouldn’t say, do things we’re sorry for later on.

Illustration: After spending 3-1/2 hours enduring long lines, rude clerks and insane regulations at the Department of Motor Vehicles, Glenn Vaughan stopped at a toy store to pick up a gift for his son. "I brought my selection - a baseball bat - to the cash register," he said. "Cash or charge?" the clerk asked. "Cash," He snapped. Then apologizing for his rudeness, he explained, "I’ve spent the entire afternoon at the motor vehicle bureau." The woman sweetly replied, "shall I gift-wrap the bat...or are you going back there?"

B. Next, Proverbs 15:18 says, " 18A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them.”(NLT) 18A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. (RSV)

1.You have a short fuse, if you’re always losing your temper

a.If you’re walking around with a chip on your shoulder,

b.f you’re just looking for somebody to say something that will irritate you,

c.Then you’re going to leave a trail of hurt feelings & unhappiness behind you.

ILL. Will Rogers said, "Whenever you fly into a rage, you seldom make a safe landing." And he is right.


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