ANGER AND BITTERNESS
People with this problem can sometimes try to justify their anger by saying: “God was angry (Num. 25:4), Jesus was angry (Mark 3:5), and then I can be angry too. However, God is perfectly holy and you are not (James 1:20).
I. Acting unbiblically results in anger and bitterness.
A. Cain, was angry, then killed his brother, becoming a fugitive. (Gen. 4:5-8, 11-12).
B. Saul became angry and tried to kill his eldest son (I SM 20:30-33).
A. Jonah was displeased and angry with the Lord’s compassion on Nineveh. (Jonah 4:1-11).
II. Unbiblical ways of dealing with anger and bitterness.
A. Explode in anger or moodiness, assaulting people or objects, physically or verbally. (disregarding Proverbs 16:32, Matthew 7:12, Romans 14:19; Cor 13:4-5, Gal 5:19-20, 22-23) .
B. Outwardly express anger by hitting a pillow (or another object) while thinking (or talking) about the person who you are angry with. (disregarding Ps 19:14; ionic 10:5, Philippians 2:3-4).
C. Controlling temper at work or church, but at home is different (disregarding Proverbs 25:28, Matthew 5:13-16).
III. Unbiblical justifications to anger and bitterness
A. Blaming others and / or their actions for your own anger. (disregarding Ez 18:20).
B. Claiming that past circumstances, present or future led him you to anger. (Mt 15:18-19).
THE POINT OF VIEW ON THE BIBLE TOWARDS ANGER
There are abundant resources in the promises of God that enable you to be more than a conqueror if you biblically deal with the problem of anger in your life. (John 16.3,23-24, Rom 8:31-39).
I. The wrath of God
A. Although the Scriptures describe God’s wrath, He remains holy and sinless (Ex 4:14; Leviticus 11:45, Job 34:10).
B. The wrath of God is directed always against rebellion or disobedience to His holy and righteous commands. (Psalm 72.21-22, Rom 2:5; Hb3.7-11).
II. Anger is not sinful
A. If the Scriptures claim to be possible for a child of God become angry and not sin (Eph 4:26-27), then it is possible to do so.
A. To “be angry and sin not” you must obey the Word without exception (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and then the follow then example of God. (Matt. 5:48, Ephesians 5.1).
III. Anger and the inner man
A. Your heart is revealed through your thoughts, words and deeds. (Matt. 12.34-35, Luke 6:35)
B. The wise divert anger. (Prov. 29.8) and represses (Prov. 29:11).
IV. Conclusions about anger
A. Following the example of God the Father and his Son Jesus, righteous anger is aroused only when a specific transgression of God’s Word happens, and is right only if carried out with a compassionate spirit.
B. By being constantly tempted to live for yourself and not for God, you must obey the Bible, have the habit of praying, and be filled with the Holy Spirit, and constantly depend and always put into practice the Word to deal biblically with anger.
BIBLICAL VIEWPOINT ON SORROW
Bitterness hinders your spiritual growth and affect your relationships (Eph 4.31-32).
I. Bitterness stems from a life devoted to please yourself. Frequently people with this problem walk over others, resulting in greater sins, for example:
A. Lacks (lit. give back) of the grace of God (Hebrews 12:15 a);
B. Bitterness causes problems to others (Heb. 24:15 b);
C. Pollutes many (Heb. 24:15 b);
D. Finally, it will unite the people who are not committed to God. (Heb 12:15-17).
II. Following the path of God, you can overcome these sinful practices of the natural man, even when anger and bitterness have dominated your life for years.
A. Ready to listen
B. Slow to speak
C. Slow to anger
Translated from website of Igreja Baptista Esperanca Salvador Bahia.