What Makes You Angry? Part 1

Episode #5

Anger is a natural emotion that we all experience it at some time or another. Getting angry doesn’t make you a bad person, it’s what you do with that anger that can lead to sin. In today’s episode, I want talk about the negative effects of unresolved anger and some practical ways in which we can deal with it.

Anger is Inevitable:

  • We all experience anger on some level. What makes you angry?
  • Ephesians 4:26 says “In your anger, do not sin.”
  • There are two types of anger: righteous and unrighteous. Most of us experience the unrighteous kind which stems from selfishness.
  • In Matthew 5, Jesus talks about the effects of unrighteous anger.

Anger Wounds

  • Some examples of destructive anger are lashing out, name calling, verbal insults, and physical violence.
  • When you don’t deal with your anger you not only hurt others, you also hurt yourself.
  • Unresolved anger negatively affects you physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Holding onto anger will affect your leadership.

Anger Obstructs Worship

  • Unresolved anger gets in the way of your relationship with God.
  • It can hinder your prayer life and stunt your spiritual growth.
  • Jesus tells us to seek reconciliation before we worship.
  • Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
  • Peace-makers take the first step towards reconciliation, but Peace-keepers avoid conflict.

It’s impossible to stop anger, but we can change what we do with it. What are some practical steps we can take to tame the negative results of our anger?

Practical Step #1: Admit Your Anger

  • Acknowledge your anger, stop denying it, and stop blaming it on others.
  • Two ways we experience anger: The Volcano and The Pressure Cooker.
  • Don’t try to stop your anger, that’s impossible.
  • When anger wins, you lose.

Next Episode:“What Makes You Angry” Part 2. I’ll share three more practical steps we can take to stop anger from winning.

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