by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

"Living Under The Influence Of--Anger: Mr. Spock Or The
Incredible Hulk"
Esther 3:1-6, 5:9-14

Sunday, 6/11/95, 9:30 a.m. Service

Let me ask you a question this morning. "When was the last time
you were good and angry? When was the last time you were good
when you were angry? When was the last time you were angry?
Think about it. Of all human emotions, anger is probably the one
we have most in common with humanity, with each other. I mean,
sometimes, people get jealous about things. Sometimes, people
have the emotion that they want to jog everyday. Sometimes,
people have the emotion of depression or anxiety or stress that
comes to play in people's lives. Sometimes, the emotion of fear
comes, but probably, the #1 emotion that everybody feels and
experiences on a more regular basis is the emotion of Anger.

Someone has said that of the seven deadly sins, anger is the one
we have most fun with. It's the one that when we think about some
wrong or offense against us and we look back at it, we relish
getting even. We savor the moment of inflicting on that person or
persons what they have inflicted on us. And as we think about the
beautiful opportunity of confrontation, the morsel...that feast of
getting even, becomes something that begins to make us lick our
lips with anticipation of what's going to happen. And yet tragedy of
all tragedies, the feast in which we are anticipating when we wolf
down the person that we are angry with becomes the skeleton of
our own soul at the table. Anger. What kind of anger do you

Open your Bibles to the Book of Esther, Chapter 3, and we'll just
have it open to that place as we look this morning at anger (page
369 in the pew Bible). Let's have a word of prayer, and then we'll
look at this topic today.

"Father, we thank you so much for ...

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