The Master‘s Class, LifeChange Church Wichita

DEALING WITH ANGER (Proverbs 19:11-12)

December 5, 2021

All of us get angry from time to time, and our message today is about what the Word of God says about dealing with anger.  

Prov 19:11-12
11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
KJV

Now, somebody once said that anger is an acid that destroys its container, and indeed it does.  It is a gross form of acid that does harm to anything that it is poured on.  I am talking about ungodly, unjustified, anger.  There are some people who will tell you this about their anger, “Well, it’s just my Irish blood; it just runs in the family,” or whatever ancestry it is that they claim to have.  They are like a loaded shotgun with a hair trigger; and anytime they’re jostled, they blast away.  To excuse this, they say, “Oh, well, it only lasts a little while.” Well, so does a tornado, but when one comes, they are usually weeks cleaning up the wreckage.  It is same way with those bursts of anger.  It can take weeks, months, even a lifetime, to clean up the wreckage that you have caused to the ones you love.  

Now when you are quick to get angry, there is so much that you are going to lose. You can lose your job. You can lose your friends. You can lose your children. You can lose your wife. You can lose your health. You may lose a few teeth. You can lose your testimony. There is nothing more debilitating to your Christian testimony than the fact that you just fly off the handle at anyone who gets in your way, irritates you, or offends you.

When you let the sun go down upon your anger; that is, when you live with your anger.  You and your spouse get into an argument, and then rather than kneeling by the bed and getting right with God, and getting right with one another, you go to bed back-to-back, angry; you let the sun go down upon your wrath—do you know what you’ve done? You’ve opened the door to the devil. What you’ve done is this: you’ve said, “Devil, come in and wreck my home; devil, come in and destroy my family; devil, come in and ruin my testimony.” You have given the devil a place in your heart, that’s what the Bible says:

Eph 4:26-27
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
KJV

Prov 19:12
12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
KJV

If you’re not a Christian; if you’re not saved; if you don’t know that if you died right now that you would go to heaven, then I want you to look at what this verse says, “The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.” 

Now, the King of kings is Jesus. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah.  One day, you are going to stand before Him to be judged.  For every man, there is a day to be born, a day to die, and a day to be judged.  You can face the Lord’s wrath if you want to, or you can have His favor if you want to. Do you want the King’s favor like the dew on the morning grass sweet, gentle, loving, fruitful, multiplying, and life-giving? You can have it. 

Now you need to be saved, born again, born from above. To be saved means that every sin is forgiven. To be saved means that Jesus Christ now lives in your heart. To be saved means that when you die, you’ll go to heaven.  So, if you want to deal with that anger that is in your heart, then the first thing you need to do is ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior.

Click on the link below to hear a message on what the Bible tells us about how to deal with anger.

 Amen.

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