[PC-USA] 1998-01-11 - Anger

Some Christians believe we are never to feel or express anger; others "let it all hang out." The key to handling anger Biblically is to try to be balanced as Christ was. Let's look at some of what the word has to say about anger:

(Deu 29:19-20 NNAS) It shall be when he hears the words of this curse, that he will boast, saying, 'I have peace though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart in order to destroy the watered land with the dry.' 20 "The LORD shall never be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the LORD and His jealousy will burn against that man, and every curse which is written in this book will rest on him, and the LORD will blot out his name from under heaven.

(Deu 9:7 NNAS) Remember, do not forget how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness; from the day that you left the land of Egypt until you arrived at this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD

(Rom 5:9 NNAS) Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

(Mat 21:12-13 NNAS) And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who were selling doves. 13 And He said to them, "It is written, 'MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER'; but you are making it a ROBBERS' DEN.

(Mark 3:5 NNAS) After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

(Eph 4:26 NNAS) BE ANGRY, AND YET DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

(Prov 14:17 NNAS) A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.

(Eph 4:31 NNAS) Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

(Rom 12:19 NNAS) Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.

(James 1:19-20 NNAS) This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

(Prov 15:1 NNAS) A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger

Jan