• David Rogers

How Anger Gives Opportunity to Evil!


SERMON NOTES

How Anger Gives Opportunity to Evil

Ephesians 4:26-27

"26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil." (Ephesians 4:26-27, ESV)

Anger can be a righteous response!

"Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city." (Proverbs 16:32, ESV)

"I am a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness..." (Exodus 34:6, ESV)

Anger can be a destructive, sinful force!

"26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil."

"...do not let the sun go down on your anger,"

Matthew Henry - "Though anger in itself is not sinful, yet there is the upmost danger of its becoming so if it be not carefully watched and speedily suppressed. And therefore, though anger may come into the bosom of a wise man, it rests only in the bosom of fools."

27 and give no opportunity to the devil."

" People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness." (Proverbs 14:29, NLT)

"A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. (Proverbs 15:18, ESV)

"A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." (Proverbs 15:1, ESV)

"A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. (Proverbs 15:18, ESV)

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32, ESV)

LIFEGROUP NOTES

How Anger Gives Opportunity to Evil

1. As a group, read through Col. 2:6-15 and identify any ‘opposites’ that you can find in the following verses: V8 V11 V12 V13

The entire premise of these verses is the dichotomy between the world and of Christ. The world offers hollow philosophy and empty deceit, Christ offers fullness of deity. Christ offers a spiritual circumcision of the heart, not a physical circumcision of our bodies. If we are buried with Christ, we will be raised up with him. We can be dead in sin with the world, or alive in Christ. All of these are opposites.

2. Now let’s think about anger. Be honest as a group, what are some reasons that we get angry...discuss a few reasons before moving on in the study.

3. Anger is one of the hollow philosophies and empty deceits that are permitted under the guise of ‘human tradition’. Everyone struggles with it--it is so common, that we begin to accept it as a part of our lives. But look back to this passage. What are we taught specifically as Christians?

4. Let’s focus closely on v12-14. We see in V12 that we have been buried with Christ and have been brought to life and in V13-14a, that we were dead in our trespasses and have been made alive having our trespasses forgiven. But what happened that made this possible in v14?

5. But let’s close as a group by looking at v15. How does this passage say that Christ’s death on the cross set us free?

Impact Statement:

Romans 8:1 tells us, ‘There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.’ This is because all accusations and complaints that would offend GOD’c character and separate us from Him, have been paid for through the blood of Christ! Will we become angry as Christians--yes. But the difference is that the guilt from our anger will lead us to repentance through Christ. The guilt of sin for a non-believer, however, leads them to condemnation before their accusers. So what does this study have to do with anger? Pastor David’s last statement, ‘let us not give ammunition to the enemy so that they can destroy us’ is directly from Col. 2:15. If Christ has given us victory over our enemies by completely disarming them and removing any accusation they could bring of guilt they could wield against us--then why would we voluntarily give them something to use against us--such as our unrepentant anger. If Christ has given us victory over our anger, let us not embrace it, or cherish it--thereby giving the enemy something to use against us. Remember, all sin leads to guilt! Guilt is GOOD! The difference is that for the believer, guilt leads to conviction, which leads to repentance, which leads to restoration with God! For the non-believer, sin leads to guilt, which without repentance leads to condemnation, which leads to destruction! Let us not voluntarily arm your enemy--practice repentance!


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