GIANTS. SLAYING THE. Adapted from the series by David Jeremiah. ANGER. SLAYING. Ephesians 4:25-32.
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Adapted from the series by David Jeremiah
“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
How many of our movies are centered around the theme of rage and retribution?
How many of our superheroes draw their strength or are otherwise enhanced by rage?
And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables.
And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.
Rooted in self-centeredness.
Loss of self-control.
Instead of having a constructive outcome, it bears fruit of destruction.
“Anger is an acid that does more damage to the vessel in which it is stored than the person on whom it is poured.”
The Giant of Anger is particularly efficient in inflicting simultaneous damage to wielder and target(s) alike.
Anger is an intimacy blocker. If you want to derail any relationship, this is your tool.
Anger breeds more anger in the short run and is an heirloom to your descendants.
Anger extinguishes trust and joy in a home.
Anger obliterates self esteem.
Anger (further manifested in unforgiveness) confounds clarity, communication, and blessing from God.
Anger is “debt spending.” It only deepens the hole.
A prominent Biblical theme is God’s encouragement to be imitators of His righteousness.
Responding with kindness to insult is not about getting satisfaction.
It is a reflection of the umpteen times God has given you another chance to get your act together.