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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Mark's Sunday School Review

 

We are an angry bunch of people aren’t we. Of course the Bible speaks a lot about God’s anger and we are made in His image. The difference is that God is all knowing and all seeing. We, on the other hand have a limited view of things.

 

It’s not that we should never get angry. Rather it’s what we do with anger. Ephesians 4:25-5:2 says, don’t tell lies, speak the truth, don’t sin, don’t stay angry, don’t give the devil a way to defeat you, don’t say bad things, don’t make the Holy Spirit sad, don’t say things that hurt others.

 

To “Put Away All Bitterness and Anger” is how we should choose to act when we get angry. Not to never be angry. Bad things should make us angry. The important thing is to not react in anger.

 

We need to release the anger, otherwise it can build up enough pressure to cause us to explode. Generally speaking people get hurt when they are too close to an explosion.

 

There is a common saying about counting to ten when you get angry. Just counting isn’t going to make the anger go away, but it will give you time to think before you react. This could be the determining factor whether or not you do something you will regret. Life is full of stories like what happened between Kermit Washington and Rudy Tomjanovich in a basketball game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCCZmdOmjw4. One split second decision changed both men’s lives forever. Consider the times in the bible when God was angry with people and then paused and thought it through before He reacted.

 

We are who we choose to be. We become what we read, who we hang out with, what we watch and what we listen to. The more God we take in, the more God will come out in response to anger.

 

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