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Fighting Words (2 of 2)
Series: Angry Words
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• James 3:2-8a (NLT)
I. UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF MY WORDS
• My Words have the Power to direct my life
• James 3:3, 4 (NLT)
• My Words have the Power to build up or burn down my relationships
• James 3:5, 6 (NLT)
• James 1:19, 20 (NIV)
II. ELIMINATE POISONOUS FIGHTING WORDS
• James 3:8 (NLT)
• Critical words
• James 3:9 (NLT)
The whole purpose of the game Angry Birds is to cause destruction. You're trying to destroy structures and little chubby green pigs along the way, and so I'm going to try to do a little better than I did last week and cause a little destruction with these angry birds. Wow. That's amazing that you can hit the top and the bottom falls down. It's another miracle of God, without a doubt.
Now fortunately, Angry Birds isn't real. It's just a game; but unfortunately, our angry words and the destruction that they cause are very real. It's not a game, and there are no winners. Now our society is just boiling over with anger, and it destroys lives. It divides families. It damages emotions, and it just destroys relationships. We're in this little mini-series we're concluding today on anger, and we've learned that anger is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, anger can destroy the bonds that hold a relationship together or anger can destroy the barriers that hold a relationship back. It all depends on how you handle it.
When Chris and I were first married, I had no idea how to handle anger, no idea how to process anger, and I remember after one of our first arguments, I went into the bathroom because I was supposed to get ready to go to an event that we were going to that night but I was just so mad, and as I was getting ready to shave, I just took the shaving cream and I just started spraying it into the sink because I was just so frustrated, and I just kept spraying it and spraying it and spraying it until I just sprayed out the whole can of shaving cream into the sink -- just everywhere. I slammed it down, and I walked out of the bathroom, and I slammed the door, and then a few minutes later Chris went into the bathroom, and she came out with this really puzzled look on her face and she said, "Did you just spray a whole can of shaving cream into the sink?" And then she didn't say anything else. She just looked at me with that look that said, "And that's really going to help us solve this conflict? And that was intended to really get back at me? Oh, that really got back at me. You filled the sink up with shaving cream." I mean I could just see it her in eyes. You know, I had no idea how to process that anger, and since then I have done a thousand stupid things in our marriage, but we all do stupid things when it comes to expressing our anger.