*Anger…Virtue or Vice

Faith

Yesterday Andy spoke on the topic of Anger. A territory not wrestled with enough in church, I feel, so I’m looking forward to this series! (Listen/Watch here)
Here are my notes:

There are a few root sources of anger
Fear, Disappointment, Pain, Frustration.

Our virtues can easily slip into a vice, but it’s not easy to forge virtue out of vices

Even Jesus became angry. In fact, this occurred multiple times in scripture.
And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there who had his hand withered. And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. And he saith unto the man that had his hand withered, Stand forth. And he saith unto them, Is it lawful on the sabbath day to do good, or to do harm? to save a life, or to kill? But they held their peace. And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved at the hardening of their heart, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth; and his hand was restored. (Mark 3:1-5 ASV)

Jesus was angered by their stubbornness..

Why is it that Jesus being angry is a shock to us?
*Anger has a tarnished reputation.
-Anger is not even something specifically human..indeed, animals get angry
*Anger is not a mark of distinction
-You never hear someone being described fondly as being always angry
-There is old and young, brilliant and moronic that get angry
*Anger gets low ratings in the bible

So..how do we reconcile Jesus blazing with anger in the bible?

Anger is not forbidden in the bible. It is warned, however, that anger will quickly give birth to sin…

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26-27 ASV)

Anger has a way of fueling our pride

There are a number of ways to deal foolishly with anger
Here are two:
*you blow up with anger
-it’s senseless and yet that is what we do
*you bury you anger
-if you bury your anger, it is buried alive!

How do we deal with our anger with wisdom?
*Avoid fire-starters
Make no friendship with a man that is given to anger; And with a wrathful man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn this ways, And get a snare to thy soul. (Proverbs 22:24-25 ASV)
*Activate forgiveness
The discretion of a man maketh him slow to anger; And it is his glory to pass over a transgression. (Proverbs 19:11 ASV)
*Anticipate frustrations
People, objects, systems…these things infuriate us.
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; And he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city. (Proverbs 16:32 ASV)

It is possible to be angry and not sin.

The way that we walk into not being angry is learning the right things to be angry about.
We can turn this vice into a virtue.

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