2011-10-30: Games People Play – Aggravation

Sermon: Games People Play – Aggravation
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Matthew 5:21-26
Duration: 23:15
Size: 10.6 MB

Games People Play
Matthew 5:21-26

I. As Christians, we must be aware of the seriousness of unrighteous anger.

Matthew 5:21-22
Exodus 20:13

Killing is a terrible sin, but unrighteous or unjustified anger is a great sin as well because it also violates God’s command to love.

John 2
Ephesians 4:26
I Samuel 20:34

If we have valid reasons to get upset, then our angry feelings are not immoral.

A. Anger that is unjustified is wrong.

When Abel offered a better sacrifice to God, his brother Cain became angry. That is unjustifiable anger.

B. Anger that prompts us to say hateful things to others is wrong and many times destructive.

Matthew 5:22

When we are angry and say hurtful things to others, we are sinning.

Angry words can cause serious damage.

James 1:26

C. Anger that is not resolved and still lingers in our hearts is wrong and sinful.

Ephesians 4:31

If we have anger lingering in our lives, then we have sin reigning in our hearts.

II. As Christians, we must learn how to handle anger constructively.

A. Before we get angry, we need to ask ourselves this question: “Do I have a valid reason to get angry?”

Proverbs 17:14
Proverbs 19:11

If we do not have a valid reason to get angry, then we must drop it!

B. If we have a valid reason to get angry, then we should verbalize our angry feelings.

Proverbs 15:1

Go to the person you are angry with and tell him or her, your feelings. Do this in a loving way.

Matthew 5:23

C. Forgive the person who made us angry.

Mark 11:25
Matthew 6:14-15

Forgiveness means it is over; it is complete; it is finished.

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