Anger (Ephesians 4:26-32)Simon Schrock, December 6, 2015
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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Is anger good or bad? Anger is an emotional expression. One out of every five people has a problem with anger. Two out of three people have been exposed to violence fueled by anger. Anger is a problem people have to deal with. Anger is common in the workplace. Employees get angry at the employer. On the road, people get angry at another driver. In homes, family members get angry at another member.
Ephesians 4:26 - Be angry and sin not. Anger under control is good. If we don't have any anger, we might be too passive and allow anything to take place. We should not let anger cause us to sin. Don't say anything in anger to hurt someone else.
Anger out of control opens us up to the devil's devices. Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.
Uncontrolled anger is fuel for evil rather than good. Bitterness comes from long-term anger. If you have a problem with anger or any other sin, go to the Word of God for help.
Does God have anger? Psalm 103:8 says, "The Lord is slow to anger". Psalm 106:24 talks about the children of Israel. "Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions; and the plague brake in upon them". We need to have our anger controlled by God and the Holy Spirit so we don't sin.
26Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27Neither give place to the devil. 28Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. (KJV)