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Advice #22

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ADVICE DAD NEVER GAVE YOU

Ralph Sorter

   Ever had trouble with anger?  Who hasn’t?  Getting a grip on anger has to be done quickly, because it is stirred up and out there doing damage in a flash.  So how do you get a grip on something that’s as slippery as a greased hog?  You tap the Source that’s faster than your tongue…the Holy Spirit!

   The Holy Spirit is always on the job.  He’s always there to tap you on the shoulder when you notice the anger thermometer is reading in the danger zone.  But to make the help practical, let your mind (the control center of those hot words) hibernate these next thoughts about how God handles anger.  Did you ever think you could learn something about handling anger from God?  Take a look.

   Anger is an attribute of God and His Son; only they don’t sin with it.  Scan the Bible and you will never find it criticizing Jesus’ anger, but it frequently warns against our anger.  Jesus never misinterpreted a situation.  He never lost control.  He never reacted too quickly.  When He did get angry, He never acted with wrongful vengeance.

   We sin with our anger when we have vengeance in our heart, verbally abuse, hide the facts that are true, or are dishonest or lie.  But Jesus’ anger is consistent and controlled.  It is expressed at unrighteousness.  His anger is not a flare-up of passion.  It is carefully calculated and then channeled in the direction of evil.  His wrath is never unjustified.  His anger is handled in such a way that it is always consistent with His love and mercy.  Jesus restrains His wrath to give wrongful man time to repent.

   For us to get angry is no surprise to God…He gets angry too.  Only He wants us to do it without damaging others in the process.  “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.”  (Eph. 4:26)  Here’s another helpful verse: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”  Peace to you.

A Message from HOPE’S

Marriage & Family Ministry

ADVICE DAD NEVER GAVE YOU

Ralph Sorter

   Ever had trouble with anger?  Who hasn’t?  Getting a grip on anger has to be done quickly, because it is stirred up and out there doing damage in a flash.  So how do you get a grip on something that’s as slippery as a greased hog?  You tap the Source that’s faster than your tongue…the Holy Spirit!

   The Holy Spirit is always on the job.  He’s always there to tap you on the shoulder when you notice the anger thermometer is reading in the danger zone.  But to make the help practical, let your mind (the control center of those hot words) hibernate these next thoughts about how God handles anger.  Did you ever think you could learn something about handling anger from God?  Take a look.

   Anger is an attribute of God and His Son; only they don’t sin with it.  Scan the Bible and you will never find it criticizing Jesus’ anger, but it frequently warns against our anger.  Jesus never misinterpreted a situation.  He never lost control.  He never reacted too quickly.  When He did get angry, He never acted with wrongful vengeance.

   We sin with our anger when we have vengeance in our heart, verbally abuse, hide the facts that are true, or are dishonest or lie.  But Jesus’ anger is consistent and controlled.  It is expressed at unrighteousness.  His anger is not a flare-up of passion.  It is carefully calculated and then channeled in the direction of evil.  His wrath is never unjustified.  His anger is handled in such a way that it is always consistent with His love and mercy.  Jesus restrains His wrath to give wrongful man time to repent.

   For us to get angry is no surprise to God…He gets angry too.  Only He wants us to do it without damaging others in the process.  “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.”  (Eph. 4:26)  Here’s another helpful verse: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”  Peace to you.

A Message from HOPE’S

Marriage & Family Ministry

ADVICE DAD NEVER GAVE YOU

Ralph Sorter

   Ever had trouble with anger?  Who hasn’t?  Getting a grip on anger has to be done quickly, because it is stirred up and out there doing damage in a flash.  So how do you get a grip on something that’s as slippery as a greased hog?  You tap the Source that’s faster than your tongue…the Holy Spirit!

   The Holy Spirit is always on the job.  He’s always there to tap you on the shoulder when you notice the anger thermometer is reading in the danger zone.  But to make the help practical, let your mind (the control center of those hot words) hibernate these next thoughts about how God handles anger.  Did you ever think you could learn something about handling anger from God?  Take a look.

   Anger is an attribute of God and His Son; only they don’t sin with it.  Scan the Bible and you will never find it criticizing Jesus’ anger, but it frequently warns against our anger.  Jesus never misinterpreted a situation.  He never lost control.  He never reacted too quickly.  When He did get angry, He never acted with wrongful vengeance.

   We sin with our anger when we have vengeance in our heart, verbally abuse, hide the facts that are true, or are dishonest or lie.  But Jesus’ anger is consistent and controlled.  It is expressed at unrighteousness.  His anger is not a flare-up of passion.  It is carefully calculated and then channeled in the direction of evil.  His wrath is never unjustified.  His anger is handled in such a way that it is always consistent with His love and mercy.  Jesus restrains His wrath to give wrongful man time to repent.

   For us to get angry is no surprise to God…He gets angry too.  Only He wants us to do it without damaging others in the process.  “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.”  (Eph. 4:26)  Here’s another helpful verse: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”  Peace to you.

A Message from HOPE’S

Marriage & Family Ministry

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