Instructions Regarding Anger

James 1:18-21 In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures. 19 y beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for your anger does not produce God's righteousness. 21 Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.

Eph 4:26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger....

Eph 4:31 Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice....

Eph 6:4 And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Col 3:8 But now you must get rid of all such things--anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth.

1Ti 2:8 I desire, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument....

For Reflection & Sharing:

1. We all get angry. The critical question has to do with what we do with our anger. We are told to not let the sun go down on our anger. We are not to hold on to our anger. What happens when we do hold on to our anger? How can we let go of our anger in a way that brings healing?
2. Anger held on to is destructive for adults and children. What are ways we can provoke children to anger? What does the discipline of the Lord look like?
3. How does praising God (lifting up holy hands) bring healing from anger? How does stress affect lingering anger?
4. Is there anger in your life that you would like to be rid of today? Where does you anger come from? What is its source? (Who hurt you?)
5. What can you do with your hurts today? With past hurts? With feelings of loss?
Confess, Let Go, Receive

Pray for God's deliverance from anger.