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Anger is a big deal! Most of us just try to gloss over it, but it is a big, big deal--as big as murder. But why? In this exposition of Matthew 5:21-26, we learn why anger is regarded as murder in Jesus' eyes, how we are to respond to the angry, and the results if we don't deal with anger immediately.
Jonah is now ready to obey the Lord. despite his lack of heart for people, the Lord works through him. We tend to be black and white and want as well as expect perfection. God sees the potential as well as the direction of our hearts. He goes to Nineveh and the people respond to the Message and repent. God who is merciful responds in grace. Firstly, Jonah is angry about two things: he knows God is compassionate and is angry that the enemy have received grace. We too can be like this when we have received so much grace ourselves, but feel disgust at others. How is it that the tax collectors and prostitutes were drawn to Jesus. He wasn't 'soft' on sin at all? Yet he had deep love and compassion for them. The second thing Jonah why Jonah gets angry is this: He is more in touch with his OWN comforts than God's heart. The various areas of perfectionism can expose our fears. God cares for people. Do we?
Executive Director Jim Newheiser speaks about the prevalence and issues related to dealing with anger in counseling.
God is full of emotion and has given us emotions. Emotional health begins and ends with God. We need him. Unchecked emotion can lead us astray.
Having considered in last week's sermon what Jesus saved us FROM at the Cross, this week we consider what Jesus saved us TO at the Cross by looking at the two criminals that were crucified with Jesus. The first criminal responded to Jesus with mocking anger. The second criminal responded to Jesus with humble faith. Jesus responds to humble faith with saving grace. As with the second criminal, Jesus saves all who trust in Him as their Savior to a new eternity in heaven rather than the condemnation in hell that we deserve. However, he also saves us to a new life and new mission. So, don't curse God and die, like the first criminal; instead, come to Jesus and live. Let of your anger and pride, receiving Jesus as your Savior in humble faith. Then live the life Jesus saved you for while rejoicing and giving thanks. The videos referenced in the sermon can be viewed online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyYc1Z9j948 https://www.ignitermedia.com/products/4325-god-of-the-broken
In I Samuel we read about David losing his temper and God sending a woman to set him straight. We will read why David was wrong and what this woman said and did to stop him. There are lessons here on how to avoid a train wreck and how to stop a train wreck. We’ll start at the end of the story and work our way back. I. David confesses his sin A. You have kept me from avenging myself (I Samuel 25:33, 34) 1. I would have hurt you 2. I would have killed all the men in your home B. God sent you to bless me by stopping me (I Samuel 25:32) 1. Blessed is the Lord who used you to stop me 2. Blessed are you 3. Blessed is your advice II. Abigail confronts David A. With humility she fell at his feet (I Samuel 25:23. 24) 1. I take the blame for what my husband did 2. I didn’t see your young men when they came (I Samuel 25:25) 3. Here is a gift (I Samuel 25:18, 19, 27) 4. Please forgive me (I Samuel 25:28) B. Remember who you are David (I Samuel 25:28, 29) 1. You fight the battles of the Lord 2. Evil is not in you 3. God will protect you from your enemies 4. You are going to live, they will be slung out C. Look to the future (I Samuel 25:30, 31) 1. Once you are king you won’t regret what you did here 2. Why shed blood without a cause? 3. Why avenge yourself, when the Lord has been so good to you? III. Why did David want to avenge himself? A. Nabal insulted David as nothing more than a servant on the run (I Samuel 25:10, 11) B. Nabal did not appreciate all that David had done for him (I Samuel 25:21, 22) 1. I protected all that this guy has 2. Nothing went missing 3. This is how he repays me? C. I will wipe out his family (I Samuel 25:22, 34) David was upset because this man insulted him, didn’t appreciate all David had done for him and didn’t show him respect. He was going to make things right. David was in the wrong and God stopped. David’s pride caused him to think that he deserved better treatment. Nabal was not a threat to him, just an aggravation.
"In your anger, do not sin ... " Ephesians 4:26a (NIV) We need to ... 1. Identify our anger quickly 2. Release our anger 3. Make sure our words are constructive 4. Forgive those who hurt us
Jonah was angry that things were not working out as he thought they should. God strategically ministered to Jonah by making use of a gourd, a worm and the wind. The combination of these three refocused Jonah's anger, but gave God another opportunity to ask Jonah a probing question: "Doest thou well to be angry?" Then the Lord revealed to Jonah the attitude that needed to change. Although the book ends abruptly with no apparent conclusion - the fact that Jonah wrote the book provides us with pretty solid evidence that God's message made an impact on Jonah's heart.