Sermon on the Mount – Pastor’s Class
Matthew 5:21-26 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
Two ways to deal with anger:
- We internalize it.
- We vent it.
What causes us to get angry?
Unmet expectations – when our expectations are not met we often become angry and lash out at those who have failed us.
We have not dealt with issues in the past. When we walk in unforgiveness we have opened a door for anger to take hold of our lives. This is why Paul states that we should not let the sun go down on our anger (Eph. 4:26-27).
Unresolved guilt. When we walk in guilt and condemnation we also open the door to for anger to be manifested in our lives.
We feel abused or used. When someone continues to use us or abuse we often respond in anger. Whether than take our anger out on the one causing the abuse we often take it out on the one we love.
We are angry at someone else but we take it out on others.
We see wrongs done and we see others get away with wrong doing. When we believe that a person is getting away with sin or wrongdoing we can become angry.
There is a difference between righteous anger and anger.
Steps for dealing with anger:
- Realize there is an offense.
- Leave your offering.
- Be reconciled.
- Then return and offer your gift.
Scriptures for anger:
Psalms 37:7-9 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
Psalms 103:8-9 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.
Proverbs 14:29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
Proverbs 16:32 Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
Proverbs 19:11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
Proverbs 29:22 A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.
Ephesians 4:26-27; 31 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
Colossians 3:8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
James 1:19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;