Celebrating 77 Years Of Ministry
To God Be The Glory
This Weeks' Sermon:
August 16th: "Get Behind Me, Satan"
Read: Matt 4:10. Please join us at 10:45 AM.
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Anger is an emotion we all experience from time to time. It is a normal part of being human. Even Jesus himself got angry on occasion (see Mark 3.1-6; 10.13-16). That means that anger itself is not sinful, yet anger can easily lead to sin. I like to put it this way: getting angry is not necessarily a sin, but it’s easy to sin when you get angry. The Apostle Paul wrote, “In your anger do not sin” (Eph 4.26). You can be angry and not sin, yet you must be careful when you’re angry because it can easily result in sinful behavior. The following three questions can help you monitor your anger and make sure that your anger is righteous rather than sinful.
Why are you angry? What is it that has upset you? Is it something petty or inconsequential? Are you angry because you got behind someone driving slow in traffic or because your food was late at a restaurant? Or are you angry about abortion or abuse or false doctrine? The rightness of our anger is determined by the reason for our anger. Jesus got angry when the religious leaders of his day put their legalistic standards above compassion for a sick man (see Mark 3.1-6). The Apostle Paul got upset about the idolatry in Athens (see Acts 17.16). Many of us get upset about things that shouldn’t upset us, while we don’t get upset about things that should upset us. Our anger is often rooted in our own selfishness and carnality. Let’s get angry, but let’s get angry about the right things.
How do you express your anger? Once you get angry, even if your anger is justifiable, how do you communicate your anger? There are a number of improper ways of expressing anger such as yelling at someone, getting violent, cursing, or damaging property. We have to learn how to express our anger in a godly way. I think the non-profit organization known as MADD sets a good example here. MADD stands for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The members of this organization are rightly upset about drunk driving, yet they channel their anger in doing something productive for society. They help the victims of accidents caused by drunk driving, and they work hard to prevent underage drinking and drunk driving. They are mad, but they are mad about evil and they are doing something to stop it. When we get angry, we need to channel our anger in an appropriate way. Romans 12.21 says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
How do you resolve your anger? Once you get angry, how do you put it aside and not let it turn into bitterness or rage. Ephesians 4.26-27 says, “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” We all get angry at times, but we shouldn’t allow our anger to remain in our hearts. Before the sun goes down we need to put our anger aside and be at peace. If we don’t, we will give the devil a place in our lives where he can exert control over us. A person who has a problem with his temper is vulnerable to temptation and defeat. I have had married couples tell me that they never go to sleep until they hold hands and tell each other that they love them. This is a great practice. It makes sure that no unresolved anger is allowed to remain in a relationship that can do damage later on. The key to resolving anger is forgiveness and love: if we forgive, we will not remain angry (see Eph 4.30-32).
For more devotions by Pastor Mark, visit his blog at drmarkjackson.wordpress.com.