The Way to Deal With Anger

By Pr Zeny Vidacak, October 10, 2050

Here are the Questions we are going to look at for today's sermon:

  1. Is Anger Bad & Sinful?
  2. Can Anger Be Bad & Sinful?
  3. How Are We To Deal With Anger?

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

1. Is Anger Bad and Sinful?

“In your anger do not sin.”

You can be angry and not . But also you can be angry and in your anger

What is anger for? There are two major purposes of of anger:
  1. To Protect
  2. To Destroy

When you are angry it is very helpful to ask yourself these two questions: What am I protecting or What am I trying to get rid of or to destroy?

There are two biblical words for anger:

  1. “Thumos” - to explode, emotional outburst
  2. “Orge” - to opose, to undermine, to seek downfall

Bible speaks of God's

God is constantly in the business of protecting that which is valuable and getting rid of that which is bad or evil.

“He looked around at them in anger and deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts…” (Mark 3:5)

Jesus is angry and furious with Pharisees who don't want Him to heal the man with shrieveled hand. As a result Jesus is angry with them. What is Jesus angry about?

Jesus is protecting God's law which benefits people. At the same time he wants to dispose of bad practices imposed on God's law. Jesus is both merciful and angry at the same time: God's and God's displayed at the same time on the cross of Jesus.

2. Can Anger Be Sinful?

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths…” (29)

Anger is sinful when it is in defence of A crucial question to ask is, 'What am I defending?' or 'What do I want to get rid of?'

3. How Do We Deal With Anger?

  1. Recognise and Admit
b) Understand what's happening
c) Focus your anger properly
d) Forgive