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This morning I want us to consider anger. Have you ever thought
about what happens when we get angry? Have you ever felt that you could just tear
head off they made you so mad? Where do you think that uncontrollable rage comes from?
Many times we hear Christians say you're not supposed to get angry its a sin.
That is something the devil will use. If he can keep a Christian from getting mad at him
then he isn't in as much danger from them. Just as we turn our anger on whatever has us
upset if we get upset with Satan then we could turn that anger on him and he doesn't want
that so he sneakily tells Christians oh you aren't supposed to get mad. Well we come to
that question that people are using so much today What Would Jesus Do? Jesus was angry
when he threw the people out of the temple. He overturned the moneychangers tables, he
cast them out. Did Jesus sin then? The Bible tells us that he was perfect, that there was
no sin in him, otherwise how could he have been pure to be the sacrificial lamb for our
sins. He cursed a fig tree for not having figs when he was hungry, even though the time of
figs was not yet. This clearly sounds as if he was frustrated and angry.
God himself got angry. In Exodus 32 we find where, while Moses was on the
mount talking to God, that the children of Israel made a golden calf to worship. He tells
Moses to leave him alone that his wrath may wax hot against the children of
destroy them and he would make a great nation out of Moses. Moses reminds God of the
promises made to Isaac and Abraham and Israel his servants about giving them the land and
Moses also reminded God about how if he destroyed the children of Israel that the
Egyptians would say, what kind of God was that to lead them out to destroy them. Yes God
becomes angry too. He made us in his image so if God can get angry and upset there is no
reason why we can't.
It is how we use that anger that is important. What we do with that anger and
how we deal with it. If we go off in a murderous rage then it becomes a sin. If we destroy
others property then it is a sin. But we are told to anger and sin not. This is possible.
That is where we ask the Lord to help us to control our tempers and not lose them over the
Is your child going to respect you if you blow up on them over the littlest
things not done? Is your child going to learn to respect God if you don't? If you lose
your cool because your child didn't listen the first time what will that teach them? Now
don't get me wrong here a child does need to learn to listen and obey but they need to
learn it because it is important to do what they are told. When the children of
what they were told God blessed them. When they didn't they were punished. We need to
learn to use our anger wisely. If we use our anger in a way that we do not sin then God
will allow us this fault, He knows we aren't perfect. We all blow up. We all get mad. It
is a part of being human. But if we can listen to the calm reasoning voice of the Holy
Spirit we can keep from blowing our witness to our children and to those around us. We are
supposed to be a light to others and for others to want to be like us. Will others want to
be like someone that is always angry? always grouchy? always hateful?
Ask the Lord to help you today and every day to keep your cool. You'll worry
less, be happier, and be a much brighter light.
Have a blessed day.
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