“Heroes & Villains”
June 23rd – 26th, 2016
Jessica McCray, Pastoral Intern
“Actions of Anger”
1. Rule anger.
Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
Genesis 4: 2-7
2. Recognize it.
a. Internal anger.
Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 (ESV)
b. External anger.
Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.
c. God’s design.
Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.
3. Practice Realize and Release.
Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.
Ephesians 4:26-27 (MSG)
Action Step: When I am angry I will ask: What am I trying to defend?
Watch the full message here.