Another Life Group Message

Life Group Message
Feb 2nd 2008
The Effect Of Anger.
Ephesians 4:21 – 29
21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”(psalms 4:4) Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
Psalm 4:4
4 Don’t sin by letting anger control you.
Think about it overnight and remain silent.

I want to see that last part, “Don’t let the sun go down while your still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” to be practiced within our lives. Don’t let something that bothers you build and build. The more you stuff away and the longer it sits dormant the worse it will be. When we get angry about something or at someone and you don’t resolve it that day, your perception becomes blurred of what is really happening, the devil takes those thoughts and whirls them around and starts telling you things that haven’t or didn’t happen.

James 1:19 – 25
19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
This section is very true, I think we all need to focus on these verse when we get angry, “Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.” Anger can do some serious damage to us if we don’t flush our systems of it quickly. Gods word has many examples of how anger is bad for us, and our relationship with God. The enemy can smell anger for miles around and he will latch on us like a hungry lion finding a good catch for dinner. Then he uses that anger against us and against those around us.

Have the attitude of Christ. –

Philippians 2:1 – 5
1 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

This is truly a verse to live by, it is one of those, “put others before yourself” verses. As Christians, this is a definition of who we are and how the world should see us.

Philippians 2:6 – 8
6 Though he was God,  he did not think of equality with God
 as something to cling to.
 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
 he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.
 When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
 and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Never forget this.

“Dear Children, lets not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.” – 1 John 4:18 – 20

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