Sermon Summary: Using Anger as a Gift Not a Curse (2/12/17)

 
 

What Kind of Hulk Are You?

We all have a hulk inside us. It just comes out in diffferent ways. 

 THE EXPLODER

THE EXPLODER

Shows their anger
Says “You bet I’m angry”
Shouts, hits, intimidates
 

THE STUFFER

Hides their anger
"Christians shouldn't get angry"
Says, “No, I’m not angry”

 THE LEAKER

THE LEAKER

Let's anger out in little ways
Says “Angry? No… maybe a little”
Gossip, sarcasm, passive-aggressive 


“In your anger, do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. -Ephesians 4:26-27

3 Things We Learn from this Passage

  1. Anger is filled with sin (v. 26a)
  2. Anger does damage quickly (v. 26b)
  3. Anger gives Satan a place in your life...or reveals he’s already there (v. 27)

Anger is a Secondary Emotion

Anger is never your primary emotion. There is always an emotion beneath the anger

  Anger is like a warning light on your car's dashboard.   It tells you something is wrong "under the hood." It means there are deeper emotions that need to be addressed.

Anger is like a warning light on your car's dashboard.  It tells you something is wrong "under the hood." It means there are deeper emotions that need to be addressed.

  Anger is like an iceberg.  The emotions you show are just the 10% of the iceberg above the surface. Most of what's really going on inside you is below the surface.

Anger is like an iceberg. The emotions you show are just the 10% of the iceberg above the surface. Most of what's really going on inside you is below the surface.

The most helpful thing you can do when your angry is to identify your primary emotion. To help you with this, check out our article, "100+ Meaningful Emotion Words."


If you would like to dig deeper into understanding your own anger and God's perspective on it, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Chip Ingram's series "Overcoming Emotions that Destroy: Practical Help for Those Angry Feelings that Ruin Relationships." It's the best sermon series I've ever heard on anger, and it has greatly influenced my own thinking and teaching on anger.