OVERCOMING SINFUL ANGER!
This weekend, we are continuing the sermon series we began a few weeks ago - “Overcoming our Spiritual Hang-ups!” Our message is entitled “Overcoming Sinful Anger,” and it addresses an issue many of us deal with on a daily basis!
Calvin Miller observes that anger is a towering Goliath that most of us never conquer! Somebody said anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to the person on whom it is poured. And, while anger may harm those who are the object of its wrath, it ultimately hurts the person who is filled with anger more than anyone else.
Ephesians 4:26 says "Be angry, and sin not." The words “be angry” are a command. If anger is bad, why are we commanded to be angry? Later in the passage it says, "Put all anger away from you." There must be some way anger can be looked upon as a positive emotion. Is there such a thing as sinless anger? How can we be angry without sin? The key to understanding that is in the life of our Lord Jesus. On a number of occasions, Jesus expressed anger. Jesus' anger was never about his own stuff though. His anger was always at the abuses and wrongdoings and lack of justice he witnessed going on in the world.
If you're angry because of something that's been done to you, that's not righteous anger. If you're angry at that which is abusing and hurting others, then that is righteous anger – the kind of anger we ought to feel free to express.
Don’t miss this weekend! This series of messages will help all of us to overcome the spiritual hang-ups that hinder us from experiencing God’s best in our lives! Our weekend worship services are identical in content – Saturday at 6:00 p.m., Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Hope to see you!