Outline Number 18

 

 

Anger

 

 

A. The Seriousness of Anger

 

1. It is one of the sins hindering inheritance into the Kingdom of God (Gal 5:19-21)

 

2. It tops the list of the deeds of the "old man" (Col 3:8,9)

 

3. It is opposed to the working of the righteousness of God (Js 1:20)

 

4. It grieves the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30,31)

 

5. It is cursed (Gen 49:6,7)

 

6. A-N-G-E-R is just one letter short of D-A-N-G-E-R!

 

B. Causes of Anger

 

1. Foolishness in the heart

"Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools"

(Eccl 7:9; Prov 14:17)

 

2. Pride and Prestige

Examples: Naaman (2 Ki 5:11,12)

Jonah (Jon 4:1-4)

 

3. Jealousy

Examples: Cain with Abel (Gen 4:5,6)

Saul with David (1 Sam 18:8,9)

Ten disciples with the other two (Mt 20:20-24)

 

4. Lack of Discretion

"The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and it is to his glory to overlook

a transgression" (Prov 19:11)

 

5. Failure to understand the forgiving love of God on others.

Example: The elder brother (Lk 15:27,28)

 

C. Examples of Punishment for Anger

 

1. Moses ó Entrance into the Promised Land refused (Num 20:10-12)

 

2. King Uzziah ó Struck with leprosy (2 Chron 26:17-20)

 

D. If you get angry...

 

1. Hold it not for long!

"Be angry, and do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your wrath" (Eph 4:26)

 

2. Remember even Godís righteous anger is very temporary!

"His anger is but for a moment" (Psa 30:5)

"Nor will I always be angry" (Isa 57:16)

 

3. Restitute the matter with the person concerned immediately, if it is without a

reasonable cause (Mt 5:21-24)

 

E. A golden rule

 

"Be swift to hear,

Slow to speak,

Slow to wrath!" (Js 1:19)