Top Menu

Talk About Anger

The second topic in our Overcome Worship Series is Anger. I’m not preaching this weekend, but we will record the podcast in the morning, so I like to dwell in the texts a little regardless. Our two main texts are John 2:13-25 and Ephesians 4:25-32.

One important thing to remember about anger is this: It is not, in itself, wrong. Anger is a natural emotion, and like fear last week, is a gift from God designed for good. I like to think of anger like an alarm system around your house. The alarm system creates a barrier that surrounds the things most precious to you. When an intruder breaches the perimeter, thus threatening the things/people important to you, an alarm sounds.

Anger is the alarm that sounds when someone violates a boundary designed to protect something that is precious to you. The anger itself is merely a notification that something has been violated. What you do with the anger is what can lead to either righteous justice or evil. This is how I interpret Ephesians 4:26-27,

Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.

There are two important questions we must ask ourselves when dealing with our anger:

  1. What are the barriers being violated? Have we set up barriers around the kind of people and issues that God would consider precious, like the vulnerable people in society, oppression of the weak, selfishness, violence, etc. Or, have we set up a perimeter that protects our self-interests at the expense of others. In other words, do we get angry about the same things that make God angry, or are we still trying to build our own kingdom?
  2. What will you do with your anger? Will you seek to understand the situation and find a peaceful solution that speaks truth and justice into the system? Or, will you lash out in violence, bitterness, and vengeance, thus perpetuating the things that lead to anger?

analysis of Ephesians 4:25-5:1

I have preached on anger twice in the year that I’ve been at Easter. I’m not sure what that means. Here are the posts on my blog tagged anger.

  • Overcome (by) Anger | A Sermon from the Overcome Series May 7, 2018 This is the next sermon in the Overcome Series. It deals with Anger. Jesus was angry. Paul said, “Be angry, but don’t sin.” Anger is a gift from God that alerts us to a threat or a violation. The real challenge is how to channel that anger into something constructive, not destructive. Read this post for notes.
  • Overcome (by) Anger April 27, 2018 Things changed this week and I will preach on anger for two services. We have a graduate recognition service during the 9:30 worship service at Easter by the Lake. Our youth director will preach at that one and will speak directly to the grads. We didn’t really want to bring anger into that service, so he’s off the hook. I will preach on anger at our Saturday Night 5:00 service and 11:00am Sunday. So, I dug ...
  • Talk About Anger April 23, 2018 The second topic in our Overcome Worship Series is Anger. I’m not preaching this weekend, but we will record the podcast in the morning, so I like to dwell in the texts a little regardless. Our two main texts are John 2:13-25 and Ephesians 4:25-32. One important thing to remember about anger is this: It is not, in itself, wrong. Anger is a natural emotion, and like fear last week, is a gift from God designed ...
  • What Makes God Angry? | A Sermon on John 2:13-22 January 27, 2018 This sermon continues the Come and See series through the Narrative Lectionary selections of the Gospel of John. Jesus’ angry cleansing of the Temple in Jerusalem stands in stark contrast to his sign of abundance and grace at the wedding party in Cana of Galilee. Both stories illustrate where God abides; not in temples of stone, but in the hearts and lives of all kinds of people. There is no manuscript, but you can read the ...
  • A Visual Guide to John 2:13-22 | Jesus Cleanses the Temple January 20, 2018 These are the images I put together for the sermon this weekend on John 2:13-22 from the Narrative Lectionary and our worship series called Come and See. Much of this is a compilation of previous blogs this week ( see here and here). Anger is not bad. The apostle Paul said in Ephesians 4:26 to “be angry but do not sin.” Anger is not evil. Listen to this sermon on emotions from this past summer. Anger is a gift from God. We’re ...
  • What Makes You Angry? January 18, 2018 Jesus got angry in our text this week. Read John 2:13-25. He enters the temple and drives out the money changers with a whip and flips their tables over. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of this version of Jesus. He makes me uncomfortable. I’m a peacemaker by nature. Ask my kids, I never raise my voice and I was raised by a father who never did either. I like the peaceful Jesus ...
  • Sketch Therapy… March 21, 2014 anger
  • Jesus Got Mad? | A Sermon on John 2:13-25 | Jesus Cleanses the Temple January 22, 2014 Narrative Lectionary Text: John 2:13-25 The first few seconds of this audio are hard to hear because I was in the Narthex throwing tables around and screaming. That’s why I ask the congregation to check their bodies. I scared a few people. 🙂 This audio also includes the children’s sermon at the beginning. listen to the audio Check your body right now. How do you feel? What I just ...

, , , ,