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Anger is a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility
Matthew 5: 21 (NASB) 21 “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court. ’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing, ’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool, ’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.
Anger: To be provoked to the point of exhibiting wrath. The opposite is controlling oneself or exercising self-restraint, being a peacemaker. “Harboring wrath in one’s heart” Not only our actions, but our motives, attitudes, and purposes determine sin against our fellow human.
23 Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. 25 Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.
Anger: Someone finding a personal right that I have not yet yielded to God Thoughts on how to respond 1. Acknowledge it 2. Identify the source
Thoughts on how to respond 3. Do not sin 4. Deal with it quickly 5. Be forgiving
“Yes, I was angry. And I was a little afraid. After all I’ve not been free in so long. But, when I felt that anger well up inside of me, I realized that if I hated them after I got outside that gate, then they would still have me. I wanted to be free so I let it go. ” ~Nelson Mandela upon leaving prison after 27 years of confinement
Thoughts on how to respond 6. Seek God’s lesson 7. Purpose to prevent it happening again Live Dangerously: Live in the love and grace of Jesus every day