Aug. 22, 2021
“Anger Is…No Longer My Master”
Matthew 15:18–19; James 3:13–14, 16; 4:1–2; Philippians 2:5–7
a. Frustration…Rage… Anger…
b. All of us have emotions that compete for control of our lives and specifically for control of our mouths. All too often we let those emotions become our master.
But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them (put them at odds with God and others). For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.
c. When our emotions take control, life gets out of control.
d. How to say “no” to the emotions that compete for control.
=> Week One: Guilt
=> Week Two: Envy
2. Week Three: Anger
a. We don’t generally want anger to be the master of us.
i. The exception: Crusader Anger (Righteous)
=> It is anger driven by what others aren’t getting but what they deserve.
ii. Extroverted Anger
iii. Introverted Anger
=> It is anger driven by what I’m not getting but am sure I deserve.
Who is wise and understanding among you?
Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts…
…do not boast about it or deny the truth.
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
b. James doesn’t just point out the problem, but he gives us a solution.
What causes fights and quarrels among you?
Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?
i. If we think the source of the problem is out there, we will never deal with it.
You desire but do not have, so you kill.
You are envious and cannot obtain so you fight and quarrel.
ii. The source of our anger is in our hearts.
iii. We are saying, “I’m not getting what I want!”
c. What is your relationship to anger?
i. Does anger have a grip on you?
ii. Does it control your mouth and/or mood?
iii. Are you ready to put an end to this?
iv. Begin saying, “Anger, you are not my master!”
a. As a follower of Jesus, you already have a Master.
b. Our Master said “no” to what he wanted, so he could give us what we needed the most.
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
c. How can we live out this principle in our lives?
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
d. By choosing to follow Jesus daily, we position ourselves to move away from self-centeredness and arrogance, toward others-centeredness and humility.