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Escape From Anger! (6 of 9)
Series: Great Escapes
Matt. 5:22; Prov. 19:19; 22:24-25; Eph. 4:26; Jonah 4:1-2; James 1:19-21
INTRO: Nothing has done more good or harm to this world than anger! That might sound strange ... but anger is like a coin, there are two different sides to it. Anger can be a force for good when we are angry over the right things or it can be a force for evil when we are angry over the wrong things.
Most of the problems we have are over anger issues that are of the wrong kind of anger. Unhealthy anger and its release can have devastating impact on the person out of control and on those they love. God offers ways to escape the negative forms of anger and the destructive effects it has on people and relationships.
Just remember this; the man who says he is so angry that he is going to give you a piece of his mind will have less of a mind to work with after he has done so! Those who have a sharp tongue usually cut their own throats ... and finally, the emptier the pot, the quicker it comes to a boil!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that we can really hurt and destroy our lives and others with the wrong kind of anger and our inability to control it ... the good news is that God has given us measures we can apply to escape the dangers of damaging anger!
I. POWER OF ANGER
1. Anger can really motivate people!
a. Anger can create a level of motivation that is unyielding and much focused!
b. Jesus became quite angry at the money changers in the Temple who were robbing the people and charging high rates to the poor for their sacrifices!
(1. Because of this righteous anger Jesus was determined to shut them down!
(2. With great boldness He overturned their tables and lashed out at them!
c. At times, anger can be a great help in overturning evil; if we are angry at the right thing at the right time and deal with it in the right way!
2. Anger therefore is a God-created dynamic of our person ...
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