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.
26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (ESV)