ANGER1 *  (By Janine Mick Wills)

THERE ARE FOUR TYPES OF ANGER:

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    Protecting anger is a defense against an unjust aggressor or threatening situation (i.e. The release of adrenaline in the case of self-preservation).

  2. Righteous indignation is anger that advance God’s righteousness and, on behalf of others, is directed at unrighteousness or injustice (ex. Jesus cleansing the temple – Mark 11:15-17).
  3. Unfocused anger is anger that occurs at the slightest provocation ( i.e. Children – temper tantrums. Adults – often the result of unresolved anger against a mother or father and transfers to other people. Or the result of accumulated anger at frustration to which the person did not react properly, and one incident breaks the dam).
  4. Specific or focused anger is anger that results from the violation of one’s rights, or imagined rights, and is directed a people, organizations, or ever God (The result of injustice or humiliation of self, usually verbal).

Anger is a God-given emotion, and in and of itself is not bad (Mark 3:5 And when he (Jesus) had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts…) The problem arises when one’s anger becomes sin.

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Don’t go to bed angry!

ANGER BECOMES SIN IN THREE DIFFERENT WAYS:

  1. When it is held overnight.
    Ephesians
     4:26, 27 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.
  2. If the immediate reaction is an ungodly response, such as physical violence or angry words.
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    roverbs 29:22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
  3. If one gives place to the devil by remembering hurts and storing them for future revenge.
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    omans 12:17-21 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

ANGER HAS A PROGRESSION – It must be controlled at the onset.
James 1:14,15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

ex. Cain – Genesis 4:3-8
1. He sinned by not offering the proper sacrifice.
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He was angry because God did not accept his sacrifice.
3. The final result of not dealing with anger: he killed his brother.

It is better to control one’s temper than to conquer a city.walled city
Proverbs 17:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Anger causes one to make foolish decisions.
Psalm. 37:18 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
Proverbs 14:17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

There is a price for your anger.
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roverbs 19:19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.

Anger adversely affects your relationship with the Lord.
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phesians 4:30, 31 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.

Not being able to control your anger is a sign of weakness.
Proverbs 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Your anger can cause those around you to become angry.
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roverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

WAYS TO KEEP FROM BECOMING OR BEING ANGRY**:

think before you speakThink before you speak or react.
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ames 1:19, 20 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to .speak, slow to wrath. For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
Proverbs 16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
Proverbs18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
Proverbs 29:11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

Be positive
Be positive in the Lord!

It’s better to choose to ignore the wrongdoing someone has committed against you instead of retaliating. God will take care of those who have done you wrong (And in a perfect way).
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roverbs 19:11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Ephesians 4:2, 3 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Stay away from those who are angry lest you become angry.
Proverbs 22:24, 25 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

Think on the positive things of God instead of the negative things of the world.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Submit yourself to the Spirit of God that you might exhibit the fruits of the Spirit (None of which are anger).
Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Think about others instead of yourself. (All sin is the result of self-absorption).
Philippians 2:3, 4 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

*The following has been modified from a counseling project I completed while attending Ambassador Baptist College. I pray it will help those struggling with anger.

**For a person who has a problem with anger, I would suggest reading one chapter of Proverbs for one month and find and meditate on verses that deal with anger.

1Some information was taken from Walter and Trudy Fremont, Effective Christian Counselor (Bob Jones University Press, SC, 1991).

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