by Steve Wagers

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The Anger Zone is a Danger Zone (4 of 16)
Series: The Constitution of Christianity
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Matthew 5: 20-24

1. Anger is Internally Regarded
A) The Sinful Act
B) The Shameful Attitude
2. Anger is Externally Revealed
A) Anger Begins
B) Anger Blossoms
C) Anger Blows
3. Anger is Supernally Resolved
A) Get Right Silently
B) Get Right Swiftly

I once read of a Quaker who owned an ornery cow. Every time he milked her it was an ordeal. One particular morning the cow was unusually irritable. The Quaker was determined to endure the session without getting angry. As he began to milk the cow, it stepped on his foot. He groaned under his breath and pulled his foot free. The cow then swished its tail in his face like a long string whip. He merely leaned away so it wouldn't hit him.

Next she kicked over the bucket spilling the milk. Then to top everything off, it hauled off and kicked him against the barn wall. That was all the Quaker could take. He stood to his feet, marched in front of the cow, pointed his finger in its face and said, "Thou dost know that I am a Quaker. Thou knowest that I cannot strike thee back, but I can sell thee to a Baptist."

Stuart Briscoe said, "When a man's temper gets the best of him, it brings out the worst in him. The more we grow up, the less we will blow up."

Someone has said, "A hot head will lead to a cold heart."

Alan Redpath comments, "Anger is only one letter short of danger. It is not a cross to carry; it is a sin to conquer."

As we continue our study of the Sermon on the Mount, we come to a brand new section of the greatest sermon ever delivered from the greatest preacher that ever preached. Beginning in verse 20, Jesus moves to a new point in His great sermon.
[20] "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."

You talk about dropping a bomb, this was like Hiro ...

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