[ANGER, THE DANGEROUS DEPLETER] Ephesians 4.26 09.24.2017
SERIES – Depleted: Refilling Your Soul When You’re Running on Fumes | CFA | Pastor Tracy Cook
Instead of last week’s empty red gas can, today’s visual is a low phone battery indicator.
Anger running in the background of your soul can be a constant drain on your spiritual vitality.
There are over 625 biblical references to anger / wrath / fury / rage or outrage.
TEXT Ephesians 4.26 ESV 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.
Ways to reduce the drain of anger on your spiritual battery life:
· TURN ON ANGER ALERTS.
o Uncage your rage.
“Angry feelings can go underground…[taking] subtle forms such as silence, irritation, resentment, bitterness, and hatred.” – James Dobson
o Mad is not Bad. There are times to be angry.
“For many Christians anger, in legal terms, is not only a misdemeanor, it’s a felony. Those who see anger as inconsistent with their faith must either deny their anger or confess it as sin.” – Richard Dobbins
· DISABLE RAGE.
o Don’t clam up.
There are times to moderate our anger.
James 1.19 ESV 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
o Don’t blow up.
There are times to eliminate anger.
Psalm 37.8 ESV 8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
Ecclesiastes 7.9 ESV 9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.
Who or what makes you angry? Actually no one or nothing can make you angry.
Colossians 3.8 ESV 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
“If the issue is important enough for anger to linger, then the issue that generates anger is important enough to be dealt with.” – Richard Dobbins
Here is our prayer during this series: “that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” Acts 3.20 ES