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Emotion In The Ocean (2 of 3)
Series: Under the Sea
Pastor Kerry Shook
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FELLOWSHIP: LOVING AND BEING LOVED AT THE DEEPEST LEVEL
"If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin...."
Eph. 4:26 (GN)
WAYS WE INCORRECTLY HANDLE CONFLICT
Puffer Fish blows up
Hermit Crab goes into their shell
Stingray gets angry when you step on him
Electric Eel always angry
Shark attacks when there's blood in the water
Piranha chews on people when angry
3 STEPS TO A NEW DEPTH
1. SEE BENEATH THE SURFACE
"...for out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks."
Matt. 12:34 (NIV)
Root causes of conflict
2. REGULATE THE PRESSURE
- Don't vent
From your program you'll see that we're in a new series that I'm calling Under the Sea, and just in case you weren't here last week, and especially for those of you who were here, I want to give you a little highlight from last week to refresh your memory as we got the series started off by talking about what the series is all about - fellowship. Just watch.
You know last week we said that this series is all about fellowship, which is loving and being loved at the deepest level. You know after I took my dive at the Aquarium Restaurant downtown - I went into that large tank. I got out and I was just talking to one of the Marine Biologists, and I said, "You know, most people have fish tanks in their home, and they go out and maybe get excited and buy a $15 or $20 tropical fish - an expensive fish - bring it home, put it in their tank and then it dies the next day. And, it's so frustrating." And I said, "That same thing must happen to you guys at just a whole different level. You probably pay hundreds of dollars for a fish, but does it ever happen where you put it in the tank - this real expensive fish - and then it dies the next day?" "Oh yah, fish die in our tank all of the time." But the difference is when a fish dies in your tank at home, you know it's dead because it floats to the top. And our tank - the way we know a fish has died - is that we say, "You know what, I haven't seen that fish in a couple of weeks." They just get eaten.
There's a lot of aggression in the ocean, and there's a lot of emotion in the relational ocean, and we're going to learn today that without some conflict, you can never go to this deepest level of fellowship. But if you don't learn how to process conflict and anger correctly, it can sink a relationship. In fact, anger is a God-given emotion.
Let's look at our first verse. Ephesians 4:26. It says, "If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin...." It's saying it's possible to be angry and it not be a sin. It all depends on how you handle it.