Been There: That Makes Me Angry
'That Makes Me Angry'
Matthew 21:12-14 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” He said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a den of robbers.’” 14 The blind and the lame came to Him at the temple, and He healed them.
IS ANGER A SIN? Ephesians 4:26-27 “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.“
- #1 How many tables are you turning over? Jesus is known for His love, not for His anger. What are you known for? Is your anger the exception or the rule?
- #2 Who are you flipping the table for? Jesus was angry on behalf of those who were mistreated. Jesus was insulted, betrayed, talked about, attacked, and lied about. How much of “you” is in your anger?
- #3 What am I flipping? When Jesus got angry, He flipped tables; He didn’t flip people.
- #4 Where does the table take me with my testimony? When Jesus got angry, He loved and healed those who were hurting.
4 WAYS TO DEAL WITH THE EMOTION OF ANGER:
- #1 Healthy Release: Find way to deal with your anger such as going to God in prayer, working out, doing yard work, journaling, and talking with a safe person.
- #2 Accept and Forgive: It is not 100 percent the fault of those who stir up your anger. Accept your part in the situation.
- #3 Give love a room. Anger allows Satan to take a foothold and take up residence in your heart. Move him out and let love take over.
- #4 Create boundaries. Often you have to distance yourself from people or situations that make your angry.
A NEW CANCEL CULTURE: Colossians 2:13-15 NLT “… He forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross.