Anger Topical Study

<p><font color="#0077c8"><span style="font-size: 28px;"><b>Anger in Scripture</b></span></font></p><p><strong><span class="heading-sm">Examples:</span></strong></p><ul><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Numbers%2022%3A27">Numbers 22:27</a>, Balaam vs. his donkey</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Numbers%2024%3A10">Numbers 24:10</a>, Balak vs. Balaam</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/1%20Samuel%2020%3A30">1 Samuel 20:30</a>, Saul vs. Jonathan</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/1%20Samuel%2020%3A34">1 Samuel 20:34</a>, Jonathan vs. Saul</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Luke%204%3A28">Luke 4:28</a>, Jesus&rsquo; townspeople vs. Jesus</span></span></li></ul><p><strong><span class="heading-sm">Warnings:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"> </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Psalm%2037%3A8">Psalm 37:8</a>, &ldquo;Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath . . . &rdquo;</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Proverbs%2014%3A29">Proverbs 14:29</a>, &ldquo;. . . one who has a hasty temper exalts folly&rdquo;</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Proverbs%2015%3A18">Proverbs 15:18</a>, &ldquo;Those who are hot-tempered stir up strife . . . &rdquo;</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Proverbs%2027%3A4">Proverbs 27:4</a>, &ldquo;Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming . . .&rdquo;</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Matthew%205%3A22">Matthew 5:22</a>, &ldquo;If you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment.&rdquo;</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Luke%209%3A54-55">Luke 9:54-55</a>, James and John want to call down &ldquo;fire from heaven&rdquo; on people who won&rsquo;t listen to Jesus, but Jesus rebukes them</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Ephesians%204%3A26">Ephesians 4:26</a>, &ldquo;Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.&rdquo;</span></span></li></ul><p><strong><span class="heading-sm">Vice lists</span></strong></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy">In the New Testament&rsquo;s vice lists, anger shows up next door to bitterness, rage, brawling, slander, and malice. In both Ephesians 4 and Colossians 3, anger is part of the &ldquo;old self&rdquo; that must &ldquo;die&rdquo; or be &ldquo;put off.&rdquo; The &ldquo;new self&rdquo; that replaces it will then be full of kindness and compassion, which are components of the recovered image of God in regenerated human beings</span></span></p><ul><li><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/2%20Corinthians%2012%3A20"><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy">2 Corinthians 12:20</span></span></a></li><li><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Galatians%205%3A20"><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy">Galatians 5:20</span></span></a></li><li><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Ephesians%204%3A31"><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy">Ephesians 4:31</span></span></a></li><li><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Colossians%203%3A8"><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy">Colossians 3:8</span> </span></a></li></ul><p><strong><span class="heading-lg">Reflections about Anger</span></strong></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy">Culpable anger is wholly distinct from righteous indignation, which is anger at injustice, cruelty, or other forms of wrongdoing. This is the anger of God, which numerous biblical writers say God can possess, but is slow to possess. This is also the form of anger that a righteous person lets go of in the process of forgiving someone who has hurt him or her.</span> </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy">Not isolated vexation, i.e. momentary annoyance</span> </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy">Not frustration, which is a common occurrence in ordinary life (a zipper gets stuck, an on-ramp closes). Being occasionally frustrated or blocked is an expectable happenstance. Anger is an inappropriate reaction to it</span></span></p><p><strong><span class="heading-sm">Controllable?</span></strong></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy">As the ancient Greeks already knew, people are born with different &ldquo;humors&rdquo; or temperaments. Some are born sunny-side up. Some are born hot-tempered and irritable. C. S. Lewis observed that this difference in raw material makes a moral difference. People who are born &ldquo;hot&rdquo; may struggle with their temper their whole life. So on a day in which they succeed in being merely civil, they make news in heaven. Whatever a person&rsquo;s temperament, biblical writers assume that anger is, at least in part, controllable. Otherwise, the requirement to forgive those who harm us would be unfulfillable.</span> </span></p><p><strong><span class="heading-sm">Angry Culture</span></strong></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy">Self-control is a challenge to Christians in any culture in which anger is freely stoked and indulged. Angry sports, angry politics, angry talk shows, vengeful movies, music with an attitude&mdash;all these things make anger look normal. It is common. But in a Christian worldview it is never normal. In fact, it is a deadly sin because of all the strife, sorrow, and pain it inevitably kindles. Human beings have by now silted history full with the debris of all their antagonisms. This is a prime reason for the biblical hope of shalom.</span></span></p>