by Ernest Easley

"How to be Good and Mad"
Ephesians 4.26
September 10, 2000
Dr. Ernest L. Easley

As you are turning to the book of Ephesians, I want to
tell you this morning that if you are living in
bondage, you are missing out on God's best! Folks,
Jesus came to set you free from bondage! You see, the
blessed life comes from God and the bondage life comes
from Satan!

Now not all bondage is flesh bondage! I mean, if the
Devil cannot get you addicted to something that
appeals to your flesh like gambling, alcohol,
pornography, he will come at you from another
direction! And that other direction is your emotions!

Just as there is flesh bondage, there is emotional
bondage. And perhaps heading the list is Anger!

I read about a golfer that was asked why he bought a
new putter. He said, "because the old one didn't

Are you known for your anger? One day it started to
thunder and lightening during the funeral of a woman
known for her temper. Her husband said to their son,
"Your Mother just arrived in Heaven."

Now not all anger is bad. In fact, it is possible for
you to be good and mad! Did you know that? Well,
look with me in the New Testament book of Ephesians.
I want to show you this morning from the Word of

"How to be Good and Mad"
Ephesians 4.26

Verse 26, "Be angry, and do not sin, do not let the
sun go down on your wrath." Now what we have here is a
quote from the Old Testament. Psalm 4.4, "Be angry,
and do not sin." Psalm 37.8, "Cease from anger, and
forsake wrath; do not fret, it only causes harm."

And when the Apostle Paul wrote, "Be angry", he wrote
it in the imperative mood. In other words, it is a
command: "Be angry." You say, "Well, that is one
Bible command I have kept!"

A little girl was doing her homework one time and
asked her father to explain the difference between
anger and aggravation. He said, "Oh that's easy."

He went over to the telephone, ...

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