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Anger (3 of 7)
Series: The "7 Things God Hates"
Proverbs 6:16-17; Psalm 37:8; Ephesians 4:26-27; Matthew 5:21-24
INTRO: Anger has a way of moving us to do things we would never consider doing normally, which usually causes our life to get worse rather than better!
ILLUS: It seems that this college student needed a small two-hour course to fill out his schedule. The only one that fit was in Wildlife Zoology. He had some reservations as he heard the course was tough and the teacher a bit different. But, it seemed like the only choice so he signed up. After one week and one chapter the professor had a test for the class. He passed it out and it was a sheet of paper divided into squares and in each square was a carefully drawn picture of some bird legs. Not bodies, not feet -- just different birds' legs. The test simply asked them to identify the birds from the pictures of their legs. Well, he was absolutely floored. He didn't have a clue. The student sat and stared at the test and got madder and madder. Finally, reaching the boiling point, he stomped up to the front of the classroom and threw the test on the teacher's desk and exclaimed, "This is the worst test I have ever seen and this is the dumbest course I have ever taken." The teacher looked up at him and said, "Young man, you just flunked the test." Then the teacher picked up the paper, saw that the student hadn't even put his name on the paper, and said, "By the way, young man, what's your name?" At this the student bent over, pulled up his pants, revealed his legs and said, "You identify me." -- James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988) p. 299.
Most of the time the results are not humorous however, they are tragic. Among the 7 things Solomon says God hates is "anger" or as he put it in Prov. 6:17c "hands that shed innocent blood." Anger usually moves us toward sin and thus brokenness with God and each other, hence ...
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