“In anger we strip away a person’s true identity and reform them into a simplistic caricature in our minds.”

We’ve all heard that Jesus said that being angry is like murdering someone in your heart. But, is that really true? Is this just Jesus using hyperbole, or is he genuinely laying down a radical ethic that is seemingly impossible to keep? In our sermon this week we explore how each one of us has a problem with anger that is greater than we knew, how God’s grace is greater than we imagined, and how God’s call to selflessly love others is greater than we ever thought possible.

Application Questions

1. How does your anger usually manifest itself? “Hot” through venting or “Cool” through quiet bitterness?

2. What are the situations in which your anger most often manifests itself?

3. Do you ever feel like God’s grace isn’t big enough for your struggles or sin? If so, how can you be reminded of the magnitude of his mercy and grace?

4. What are some practical ways you can show love toward those you are tempted to express anger toward? How can you actively replace anger with love?

Further Resources

Uprooting Anger: Biblical Help for a Common Problem by Robert Jones

Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness by David Powlison

The Root of Sinful Anger (Interview)

Reading Plan and Prayer Guide

Below are scriptures to help you meditate on today’s sermon topic throughout the week:

Monday: Ephesians 4:25-26
Tuesday: Colossians 2:13-15
Wednesday: Proverbs 12:18
Thursday: James 4:1-3
Friday: Galatians 5:19-26

As you meditate on the scriptures above, use these prompts to help you engage with God in prayer:

Insight: Ask God to help you see the ways in which you are angry, and the moments when your anger surfaces.

Confess: Confess your anger for what it is, without using words to justify or excuse it. Take responsibility for your anger before God.

Wrestle: Think through the ways you try to justify your anger. What are the excuses that make you feel like it is an acceptable response to certain situations?

Request: Ask God to deepen your appreciation for the magnitude of his grace and his power to transform your heart.

Scott Mehl

Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

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