Anger ~ a deadly disease 


Anger

  • “Anger is cruel and destructive” – Proverbs 27:4, “because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” – James 1:20
  • “Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort.” – Ephesians 4:31
  • Anger will lead to sin 
    • “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.”- Psalm 37:8
    • “If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day.” – Ephesians 4:26
  • Sin will lead to death 
    • “For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.” – Psalm 37:9
    • “When a righteous person stops doing good and starts doing evil and then dies, he dies because of the evil he has done.” – Ezekiel 18:26


Types of Anger and its treatment



Be controlled 

  • “To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace.” – Romans 8:6
  • “It is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities.” – Proverbs 16:32
  • “Keep your temper under control; it is foolish to harbor a grudge.” – Ecclesiastes 7:9
  • “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” – Proverbs 25:28

Be Good

  • “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21
  • “The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.” – Proverbs 10:16
  • “For it is better to suffer for doing good, if this should be God’s will, than for doing evil.” – 1 Peter 3:17
  • “Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.” – Amos 5:14
  • “For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.” – 1 Peter 2:15

Be Patient

  • “It is better to be patient than powerful” – Proverbs 16:32
  • “Stupid people express their anger openly, but sensible people are patient and hold it back.” – Proverbs 29:11
  • “Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings peace.” – Proverbs 15:18
  • “The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.” – Ecclesiastes 7:8

Ignore

  • “When a fool is annoyed, he quickly lets it be known. Sensible people will ignore an insult.” – Proverbs 12:16

Communicate

  • “Better is open rebuke than hidden love.” – Proverbs 27:5
  • “Do not complain against one another, my brothers and sisters, so that God will not judge you. The Judge is near, ready to appear.” – James 5:9
  • “If you and your neighbor have a difference of opinion, settle it between yourselves and do not reveal any secrets.” – Proverbs 25:9
  • “My brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in any kind of wrongdoing, those of you who are spiritual should set him right; but you must do it in a gentle way. And keep an eye on yourselves, so that you will not be tempted, too.” – Galatians 6:1
  • “Do not bear a grudge against anyone, but settle your differences with him, so that you will not commit a sin because of him.” – Leviticus 19:17

Forgive

  • “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32
  • “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” – Luke 17:3-4
  • “Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”” – Matthew 18:22, 32-35
  • “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” – Matthew 18:15-18

Be humble

  • “Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another.” – Ephesians 4:2
  • “Yes, it is God who raises the humble and gives joy to all who mourn.” – Job 5:11
  • “If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.” – Galatians 6:3
  • “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” – Romans 12:3
  • “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” – Romans 12:16
  • “and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:44-45

Obey

  • “Slaves, obey your human masters in all things, not only when they are watching you because you want to gain their approval; but do it with a sincere heart because of your reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for human beings. Remember that the Lord will give you as a reward what he has kept for his people. For Christ is the real Master you serve.” – Colossians 3:22-24
  • “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.” – Ephesians 6:7-8
  • “Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.” – 1 Peter 2:18-20
  • “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” – Romans 13:1-2
  • “But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed and be guiltless? As surely as the LORD lives,” he said, “the LORD himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. But the LORD forbid that I should lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let’s go.”” – 1 Samuel 26:9-11

Take Pride

  • “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.” – Galatians 6:4-5
  • “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” – Romans 12:4, 6-8

Don’t Gossip

  • “Gossip brings anger just as surely as the north wind brings rain.” – Proverbs 25:23

Listen

  • “The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.” – Proverbs 12:15
  • “Friends mean well, even when they hurt you. But when an enemy puts an arm round your shoulder — watch out!” – Proverbs 27:6
  • “It is foolish to follow your own opinions. Be safe, and follow the teachings of wiser people.” – Proverbs 28:26
  •  “Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.” – Psalm 141:5

Believe

  • “God is not unfair. He will not forget the work you did or the love you showed for him in the help you gave and are still giving to your fellow-Christians. Our great desire is that each of you keep up your eagerness to the end, so that the things you hope for will come true. We do not want you to become lazy, but to be like those who believe and are patient, and so receive what God has promised.” – Hebrews 6:10-12
  • “Your shame and disgrace are ended. You will live in your own land, And your wealth will be doubled; Your joy will last for ever. The LORD says, “I love justice and I hate oppression and crime. I will faithfully reward my people And make an eternal covenant with them. They will be famous among the nations; Everyone who sees them will know That they are a people whom I have blessed.”” – Isaiah 61:7-9
  • “So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness,” – Hebrews 3:7-8
  • “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.” – Psalm 37:8

Be happy

  • “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

Confess 

  • “But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing.” – 1 John 1:9
  • “So then, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you will be healed. The prayer of a good person has a powerful effect.” – James 5:16

Problem with Treatment?

  • “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” – Jeremiah 33:3
  • “But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all.” – James 1:5
  • “Now, go! I will help you to speak, and I will tell you what to say.” – Exodus 4:12

“May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

–Romans 15:13


“Peace be with you”

Dhivya

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