Anger Management (Ephesians #27)

Text: Ephesians 4:26-27

Emotional brats in colleges.  Protesters.  Gender confusion.  This all stems from uncontrolled emotions.  The Satanic leadership of the emotions.  Devilish wisdom is sensual: senses.

Emotions are not bad, but they lead to sin if they are followed.  The old man is led by his feelings.  The old man is led by his emotions.

How does that make you feel?  If you only did what you feel like doing you’d be a bum.  If you only did what you feel like doing nobody would want to be around you.

Feelings are normal

  • Be ye angry…
  • It is not a sin to be angry.
  • When emotions are based on the truth, they are in their proper place.
  • Jesus Christ got angry; John 2:14-16
    • Psalm 7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
    • Proverbs 25:23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
  • Matthew 5:22 – baseless anger
    • Anger without cause was Jonah’s problem.
    • It isn’t wrong to feel that way.  But to continue to be that way will be wrong.  Hence God’s question to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry?
    • Consequences of Jonah’s decision:
      • Endangered others’ lives
      • Was nearly shipwrecked
      • Drowned
      • Went to Hell
      • Was never happy
      • Suffered heat stroke

An unrestrained feeling becomes sin

  • sin not…
  • Uncontrolled emotions bring ruin
    • Proverbs 29:22
  • Uncontrolled emotions become idols
    • You do what you can to nurse that feeling
    • Fear.  I’m afraid to tell someone about Jesus Christ.  You work so that fear is accomplished.
    • How about anger in this case?  Justify revenge.  Payback consumes your thoughts.
    • (I don’t come to church because I didn’t FEEL like it)
  • Uncontrolled emotions affect physical health
  • Uncontrolled emotions affect social reputation
    • Proverbs 21:19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
    • Someone who constantly throws a fit, it gets old to be around them.
    • Someone who doesn’t just wear a chip on their shoulder, but the whole tortilla.  About the time you get to know them you start avoiding them.  Get tired of the emotional whiplash that comes out of nowhere.
  • Led by emotion leads to addiction
    • Emotion → Passion → Addiction
    • “Emotions are a gauge, not a guide” is a great phrase I heard from Pastor Rick Sowell.

Put some walls on your emotions

  • Let not the sun go down upon your wrath…
  • Guy starts off angry.  Goes to work, that anger affects his decisions.  He wrecks the equipment and gets more angry screaming, I knew this would happen!  Of course it would.  You created this situation with your emotion.
  • Inability to rule your spirit shows up in the following areas:
    • Inability to compromise, contention
    • Cruelty to people or animals – bully
    • Self pity
    • Compulsion to revenge
    • Excuses
    • Violent quarrelling
    • Lack of responsibility
    • Misuse authority
    • Dependence on feelings
  • Proverbs 14:17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
  • Proverbs 22:24-25
  • How do I get control?
    • I can’t stop feeling this way.  You don’t have to stop feeling anything.  You get control by ignoring your feelings and doing what’s right.  Now, you’re in control of your emotions.
    • How many of you have ever said that you didn’t feel like going to school?  Or, you didn’t feel like going to work?

Devil resides in uncontrolled emotion

  • Neither give place unto the devil.
  • How do you think of devil possession?  If you give place to the devil then he is possessing that real estate you’ve given him through lack of control of your emotions.
  • Control your emotions.  Rule your spirit Proverbs 16:32
    • No walls so anyone can come in and take over.
    • Emotional brats in colleges.
    • Protesters.
    • Gender confusion.
    • This all stems from uncontrolled emotions.
    • The Satanic leadership of the emotions.  Devilish wisdom is sensual: senses.
    • Emotions are not bad, but they lead to sin if they are followed.  The old man is led by his feelings.  The old man is led by his emotions.  How does that make you feel?  If you only did what you feel like doing you’d be a bum.  If you only did what you feel like doing nobody would want to be around you.