PROVERBS: WISDOM & ANGER
Message by Josh Mutter – August 6, 2023
Big Idea: We need to learn to control our anger before it controls us.
Lesson 1: We need to understand the risks associated with our anger.
a) Our anger can lead to regrets.
Proverbs 14:17 NIV A quick-tempered person does foolish things …
Proverbs 14:29 NIV Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
b) Our anger can negatively impact how others see us.
Proverbs 29:11 NIV Fools give full vent to their rage …
c) Our anger may not be the solution we hope it will be.
Proverbs 15:18 NIV A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
d) Our anger may result in consequences.
Proverbs 22:8 NIV Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.
Lesson 2: We need to understand how to respond to the anger of others.
a) We can respond to anger with gentleness.
Proverbs 15:1 NIV A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
b) Allow a loved one to face the consequences of their anger.
Proverbs 19:19 NIV A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again.
c) It’s healthy to have boundaries with an angry person.
Proverbs 22:24-25 NIV Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.
Lesson 3: We need to discover how to relate to our own anger.
a) Recognize that our anger is not always productive.
Proverbs 30:33 NLT As the beating of cream yields butter and striking the nose causes bleeding, so stirring up anger causes quarrels.
b) Recognize that exercising patience and grace will get us further ahead.
Proverbs 19:11 NLT Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.
c) Recognize that understanding can transform our anger.
Proverbs 17:27 NIV The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
Galatians 5:22-23 NIV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…
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