Overcoming Anger

Posted by Calvary Baptist Church on Mar 4, 2013 in Sermons |

Sermon on Sunday, March 3, 2013 by Pastor Thomas Tate

 

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Sermon Outline

RIGHTEOUS ANGER

The Lord is slow to anger and great in power

Nahum 1:3a

A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression.

Proverbs 19:11

SINFUL ANGER

HOT TEMPER

A quick-tempered man acts foolishly

Proverbs 14:17a

 He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.

Proverbs 14:29

RIGHTEOUS ANGER

SLOW TO ANGER

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.

Psalm 103:8

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.

Proverbs 16:32

SINFUL ANGER

HOT TEMPER

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

James 2:19-20

RIGHTEOUS ANGER

MOMENTARY

For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime;

Psalm 30:5a

“For a brief moment I forsook you, but with great compassion I will gather you.

Isaiah 54:7

SINFUL ANGER

PROLONGED

Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.

Ephesians 4:26-27

RIGHTEOUS ANGER        

USUALLY RESTRAINED

I will not execute My fierce anger; I will not destroy Ephraim again. For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.

Hosea 11:9a

SINFUL ANGER

USUALLY FULL VENT

A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back.

Proverbs 29:11

RIGHTEOUS ANGER

HELPS PEOPLE

He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered. They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!”

SINFUL ANGER

DAMAGES PEOPLE

RIGHTEOUS ANGER

HELPS PEOPLE

And He said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?” But they kept silent. After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

Mark 3:1-5

SINFUL ANGER

DAMAGES PEOPLE

See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;

Hebrews 12:15

RIGHTEOUS ANGER

IN CONTROL WHEN CONFRONTED

“Now then let Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation.” Then Moses entreated the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?

SINFUL ANGER

RAGE WHEN CONFRONTED

RIGHTEOUS ANGER

IN CONTROL WHEN CONFRONTED

“Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, ‘With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth’? Turn from Your burning anger and change Your mind about doing harm to Your people.

SINFUL ANGER

RAGE WHEN CONFRONTED

 RIGHTEOUS ANGER

IN CONTROL WHEN CONFRONTED

“Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You swore by Yourself, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’ ” So the Lord changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.

Exodus 32:10-14

SINFUL ANGER

RAGE WHEN CONFRONTED

At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him: “Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand… Asa was angry with the seer because of this; he was so enraged that he put him in prison. At the same time Asa brutally oppressed some of the people.

2 Chronicles 16:7,10

 

RIGHTEOUS ANGER

PACIFIES ARGUMENTS

A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.

Proverbs 15:18

SINFUL ANGER

STARTS ARGUMENTS

An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.

Proverbs 29:22

RIGHTEOUS ANGER

CLEAN LANGUAGE

 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:6

SINFUL ANGER

FOUL LANGUAGE

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Ephesians 4:29

EXAMINE YOUR OWN ANGER

So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

Genesis 4:5b-7

The Lord said, “Do you have good reason to be angry?”

Jonah 4:4

REMOVE BITTERNESS

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:31-32

LISTEN AND HEAR OUT

He who gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame to him.

Proverbs 18:13

The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him.

Proverbs 18:17

AVOID ARGUMENTATION

The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.

Proverbs 17:14

 Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, but any fool will quarrel.

Proverbs 20:3

Also, do not take seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant cursing you. For you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others.

Ecclesiastes 7:21-22

LOWER YOUR VOLUME

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:1

The wise in heart will be called understanding, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.

Proverbs 16:21

COMBINE GRACE/LOVE WITH TRUTH

For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

John 1:17

but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ

Ephesians 5:15

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:1-2

PRAY TO BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh… Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:16,19-23

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

1. What makes you angry or what do you hate? Why do you think that is?

 

2. What is the hardest thing about controlling your anger?

 

3. Do you find yourself slow to anger or quick? Read Proverbs 14:29. How have you experienced the truth of this verse?

 

4. Does your anger tend to de-fuse quickly or does it take some time to calm down? How long does it take?  Read Psalm 30:5a.

 

5. When you get angry do you let it all out, which then makes you feel better or do you hold back trying not to be hurtful? Read Proverbs 29:11 and Hosea 11:9a.

 

6. How can righteous anger be used to help others and how does sinful anger damage others?  Read Mark 3:1-5 and Hebrews 12:15.

 

7. How do you respond when you are confronted about something others have deemed as wrong or hurtful?  Do you stay in control and try to understand them and take ownership or do you quickly defend yourself and go on the attack? (Be honest).

 

8. Do you find yourself being the one who starts arguments or calms the argument? Read Proverbs 15:18.

 

9. Do you slip and use foul language when angry or do you stay calm and use gentle words?  Read Ephesians 4:29.

 

10. What are some things you can do to better handle your anger?  Read John 1:17; Ephesians 5:15; 1 Corinthians 13:1-2.

 

11. Read Galatians 5:19-23.  How many of the deed of the flesh in these verses are related to anger issues? Why do you think so many are listed, more than any other type of sin?

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