SPF 073: The Truth About Anger

In your anger do not sin. Huh. We’ve all been angry a time or two, so important to look at God’s Word when we think about this common and powerful passion that often directs our thoughts, tongue, and actions. Today we are talking about where anger comes from, what it produces, and a few biblical ideas to put it away.

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Life Hack - How to eat More Veggies

Thank you to SPF Listener Kim for today's life hack:

Kim suggests loading up on the veggies at the grocery store and then chopping them all up when you get home. Store them in the fridge and use as needed! When your veggies are chopped and prepped you're more likely to use them, plus it makes a easy side to any meal:

Roasted Veggies

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  • Spread prepared veggies on pan tossed with olive oil, garlic, salt, spices you love

  • Roast for 30-45 minutes

The Truth About Anger

Anger is not always a sin - Anger is an emotion that tells us where our heart is at.

Where does anger come from?

  • Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also - Matthew 6:21

  • From out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks - Luke 6:45

We must be keenly aware that our heart is not always for God; many times in our anger our heart is in it for ourselves. 

Two Questions

Why are we angry? and Where is it going?

Why are we angry?

Righteous Anger: is getting angry when the law of God is violated and God himself is blasphemed

Unrighteous Anger: the reasons are endless (I'm not in control, my feelings are hurt, I am offended, I want to be right, I want to be comfortable, etc)

Where is unrighteous anger going?

  • Stirs up more anger - Proverbs 15:1

  • Leads to evil - Psalm 37:8

  • Does not produce the righteousness of God - James 1:20

An angry and hasty spirit is soon provoked to ill things by afflictions and error and ill opinions that become prevalent through the workings of our own vile and vain affections. - Matthew Henry

In our Anger - Do Not Sin

In your anger do not sin, do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

Ephesians 4 and Colossians 3 tells us to put off anger and put on the new self

We need to STOP ---> THINK ---> REPENT (turn from our sins and turn to the grace of God)

Sometimes anger feels productive and fruitful, but 2 Peter tells us what really makes us fruitful and productive:

"His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins." 2 Peter 1:3-9

Righteous Anger

A great example of righteous anger is Paul in Athens in Acts 17. When he saw people worshiping idols he was provoked (angered) and preached the Gospel to help people turn to the living God.

"Paul’s love for God and His standards meant he had a corresponding hatred for that which was offensive to the Lord. The idolatry of Athens produced a strong and sharp emotional disturbance within him, one of exasperated indignation." - Greg Bahnsen

Four Helpful Ideas to help when we are angry

  1. Memorize verses about anger

  2. Know God's law and character so we can discern if our anger is righteous

  3. Become familiar with passages about God's justice and judgement (and pray for repentance for people)

  4. Repent of our sin in anger and be quick to forgive (Ephesians 4:32)

Resources

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