Anger & Impact
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Matthew 9:36, Micah 6:8, Ephesians 6:1–6:4
The Goal for our Anger
As followers of Jesus Christ, trying to get rid of all our anger would be both incorrect and impossible. The goal is not the elimination of our anger, but rather the transformation of our anger. God wants our anger to increasingly move away from selfishness and unrighteousness, and toward godliness and true righteousness, where our anger becomes more helpful and less hurtful.
Two Questions about Righteous Anger
(1) Is my anger righteous?
(2) If so, how should I express it?
Qualities of Righteous Anger
(1) Righteous anger is more about God’s name being offended than your own feelings getting hurt.
(2) Righteous anger complements the fruit of the Spirit, not contradicts it.
(3) Righteous anger is patient and prolonged not fiery and fleeting.
Matthew 9:36 NIV
36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Micah 6:8 NIV
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Expressing Righteous Anger
1. ACT JUSTLY: Righteous anger seeks justice not revenge.
2. LOVE MERCY: Righteous anger shows patient mercy not impulsive payback.
3. WALK HUMBLY: Righteous anger is rooted in godly humility, not harsh arrogance.
Many Ways to Channel Righteous Anger into Compassionate Action
> Taking up our annual Christmas Eve Offering to minister to others outside the four walls of our church.
> Ministering to hurting people through $20 gifts of generosity as part of this year's “Love Your Neighbor” series.
> Mobilizing the “Can Do Crew” to tackle construction and fix-it projects for those in need in our community.
> Working with city schools to provide monetary and human resources for their summer school programs in order to motivate students and to help encourage the value of education.
> Partnering with Royal Family Kids ministry to provide caring experiences for children who’ve been abused.
> Collaborating with area churches in the Open Table ministry to provide encouragement, education, and accountability in a wide range of life skills to adults who would otherwise fall through the cracks of the system.
> Changing the kind of coffee we serve on Sundays to help women and men in Rwanda to earn a living wage and to experience the God-given satisfaction that comes through hard work rather than a free handout.
> Putting on Bible Camp every year and calling on you to help volunteer so that children may come to know and follow Jesus.
> Involving campers at Bible Camp in outreach projects that minister to the less fortunate, locally and globally, including this year's project of providing shoes for children in Guyamate, Dominican Republican.
What's Your Next Step?
What can you take from this Anger series? It might mean:
.... admitting that you have an anger problem.
... getting some help for that problem.
... saying you’re sorry to someone you’ve hurt with your anger.
... working harder on a relationship you’ve taken for granted.
... letting go of a grudge and forgiving someone who’s wronged you.
... confessing the anger you’ve had toward God Himself and admitting your need for a Savior.
... taking your faith more seriously and changing your priorities.
... living out your faith where your righteous anger leads you to compassionate action--acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God.
Whatever God is nudging you to do, listen and respond so that you too can more deeply experience all the life that our Lord has for you, and make a genuine difference for His kingdom in our world.