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God’s Anger

  • God feels indignation every day.
    • Psalms 7:11— God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.
  • God is slow to anger.
    • Psalms 103:8—The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
  • God’s anger is righteous.
    • Mark 3:5—And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

 

Dealing with Personal Anger

  • Refrain from anger.
    • Psalms 37:8—Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
    • James 1:19—Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
    • Ephesians 4:31—Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
    • Colossians 3:8—But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
  • Pretend that offenses did not happen.
    • Proverbs 19:11—Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
  • Do everything without grumbling or back-talking.
    • Philippians 2:14—Do all things without grumbling or questioning,
  • Be angry in defense of other people or a principle (righteous anger, indignation).
    • John 2:15-17—And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
    • Galatians 5:12—I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!
      • The word emasculate in the ancient Greek is apokopto, which, more often, means “cut off.” Paul wasn’t telling the false prophets to mutilate themselves, but to cut off communications with the new Galatian church.
      • Other scholars instead believe the word apokopto really does mean mutilate.
    • Anger is an emotion, and it’s alright to feel when we’re hurt; but, we must not give control over to our anger. We must eventually stop being angry.
      • Ephesians 4:26—Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
      • Proverbs 29:11—A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
    • Do not seek vengeance.
      • Romans 12:19—Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

 

Dealing with Anger Directed at You

  • speak softly
    • Proverbs 15:1—A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
  • do not be hot-tempered
    • Proverbs 15:18—A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
  • Don’t debate with an angry person.
    • Proverbs 29:9—If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.
  • Don’t be friends with an adult prone to anger.
    • Proverbs 22:24—Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man,

 

Benefits of Refraining from Anger

  • great understanding
    • Proverbs 14:29—Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
  • good sense
    • Proverbs 19:11—Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
  • being better than the mighty and those who conquer cities
    • Proverbs 16:32—Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

 

Repercussions of not Refraining from Anger

  • praising a desire to not understand wisdom (foolishness)
    • Proverbs 14:29—Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
    • Ecclesiastes 7:9—Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.
  • not producing God’s righteousness
    • James 1:20—For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
  • We aren’t well.
    • Jonah 4:4—And the Lord said, “Do you do well to be angry?”
  • stirs up more strife and sin
    • Proverbs 29:22—A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.