James unrighteous anger


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We often times confuse righteous anger w/unrighteous anger. What is the difference & how does this affect us?

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James unrighteous anger

  1. 2. A Biblical view of Anger <ul><li>James 1:19-25 </li></ul><ul><li>19 My dearly loved brothers, understand this: everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, 20 for man's anger does not accomplish God's righteousness. 21 Therefore, ridding yourselves of all moral filth and evil excess, humbly receive the implanted word, which is able to save you. </li></ul>
  2. 3. Key Points <ul><li>A biblical view of Anger </li></ul><ul><li>2 views </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Righteous Anger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unrighteous Anger </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. Righteous Anger <ul><li>Can anger be righteous? Yes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God gets angry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Psalm 7:11 (ESV) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><ul><li>Jesus got angry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mark 3:1-6 (ESV) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. 2 And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man with the withered hand, &quot;Come here.&quot; 4 And he said to them, &quot;Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?&quot; But they were silent. 5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, &quot;Stretch out your hand.&quot; He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Believers are commanded to get angry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ephesians 4:25-26 (ESV) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 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. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When is anger appropriate? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the face of hypocrisy – Galatians 2:11-14 (Paul confronts Peter) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the face of injustice – 2 nd Samuel 12 (David gets angry at Nathan’s report of injustice in the kingdom) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When the gospel is being compromised – John 2:13-18 (Jesus gets angry at the money changers in the temple) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Unrighteous Anger <ul><li>The problem that James presents however is that most of our anger can be categorized as unrighteous. A lot of anger can become sinful. Unrighteous anger can lead to… </li></ul>
  7. 8. Results of Unrighteous Anger <ul><li>Distortion of the Gospel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This happens when our own desire for justice takes over God’s desire for justice. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 st Corinthians 10:31 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lingering anger </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ephesians 4:26-27 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and give no opportunity to the devil. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Results of Unrighteous Anger <ul><li>Misuse of our words </li></ul><ul><li>Our words are meant to address the problem at hand. Too often however, we use our words to attack the people we feel are responsible for our issue. Instead of creating a “growing body”, unrighteous anger feeds an unhealthy soul. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ephesians 4:16-19 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Results of Unrighteous Anger <ul><li>Poisonous speech </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are warned in scripture to not give “full vent of our spirit - Proverbs 29:11” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When we speak unrestrained, oftentimes we multiply our own hurt & end up speaking poison to those around us - Romans 3:13-14 </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Results of Unrighteous Anger <ul><li>Bitterness can occur when… </li></ul><ul><li>The angry person refuses to be pacified, holds a grudge, or keeps it all inside - Ephesians 4:26-27. </li></ul><ul><li>This can cause depression and irritability over little things, often things unrelated to the underlying problem. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Questions <ul><li>In what ways have you sinned in your anger? </li></ul><ul><li>In what ways have you been sinned against? </li></ul><ul><li>Consider this statement: “God is sovereign and in complete control over every circumstance and person that enters our path. Nothing happens to us that He does not cause or allow.” </li></ul><ul><li>Do you trust that God is sovereign in your situation? </li></ul><ul><li>James tells us to be quick to hear, slow to speak & slow to anger. To who will you apply this biblical advice? </li></ul>
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