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The Straight Scoop on Anger

Once we know what's behind our anger, we can better deal with it … and replace it with more godly behavior.

 

I read a news article recently about the grievances of prisoners, and some of the things they're suing the system for. They are being served chunky peanut butter instead of smooth. Mail deliveries are sometimes scheduled while they're napping. And they're being forced to listen to country music. Over 39,000 lawsuits last year were filed from behind bars complaining about cruel and unusual punishment.

Everybody's angry about something. Some social commentators are referring to today's era as the Age of Rage. Quite possibly this is the most prevalent of the seven deadly sins.

Dr. Les Carter writes in Good and Angry, "Because of the sophistication of our language, people are able to use all kinds of words to describe anger so that it doesn't sound like anger. People aren't afraid to say that they're anxious or bored or depressed or frustrated. They will say that they are anything but angry."

I read an interview in U.S News & World Report with this 102 artist who had painted alongside Claude Monet. She described the spiritual side of her life: "My spiritual vision means everything to me. I am against all war. It doesn't solve anything. I have this great interest in the world and in people." Then she added, "And it annoys me so that as I sit here, a little old lady, I, who do not believe in violence, would like to have cannons shooting all the people I don't approve of."

"In your anger, do not sin."

Do you ever get angry? Maybe it doesn't seem like such a severe moral transgression to you, but the Bible makes clear why it's such a serious offense. Ephesians 4 offers us six truths from this Scripture.

Ephesians 4:26 says, "In your anger, do not sin."

Anger in and of itself is not necessarily a sin. The Bible ...

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Jim Nicodem is founder and pastor of Christ Community Church in St. Charles, Illinois.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

Everybody's angry about something in today's "Age of Rage."

I. "In your anger, do not sin."

II. "Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry."

III. "And do not give the devil a foothold."

IV. "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths …"

V. "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God …"

Conclusion

We need to replace anger with Christlike qualities.