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Let All Bitterness, Wrath, Anger, Etc. Be Put Away From You
Outline by Brian A. Yeager
A. In connection with our lesson from last week about those who want the truth to go away (http://www.wordsoftruth.net/peoplehavelongwishedthetruthaway_bay_2017.html), many give us plenty to be angry about (Mark 3:1-6).
1. Anger, in itself, is not wrong (Ephesians 4:26).
2. The righteous will have a certain indignation at times (Jeremiah 15:17).
B. Having said that, the carnal side of anger, hatred, malice, etc. needs to cease in us (Titus 3:1-3).
1. Even when wronged, let vengeance belong to God (Romans 12:17-21).
2. If we hold on to certain emotions what fruit will come of them (Proverbs 29:22)?
II. Body: Ephesians 4:31-32
A. Bitterness [anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly; resentment] (Hebrews 12:14-15).
1. As Christians, shouldn’t we know we’ll not receive a “fair shake” from the world (John 15:18-20)?
2. Think about this… James 3:13-18
B. Anger (Ecclesiastes 7:9).
1. We’ve already addressed, that there is a righteous indignation, anger.
2. There is certainly caution regarding our brethren (Matthew 5:22; cf. I John 4:20-21).
3. What we do need to consider about anger… Proverbs 14:17, Proverbs 14:29, Proverbs 16:32, Colossians 3:8, and Psalms 37:8
C. Wrath [boiled up anger] (James 1:19-20).
1. If your full of wrath, what will you bring about (Proverbs 15:18)?
2. How, if you’re full of boiled up anger, can you ever be at peace as you ought to be (Colossians 3:15)?
D. Clamour [crying out] and Evil Speaking (Proverbs 15:28 and Ephesians 4:29).
1. You’ve been mistreated. You want to scream about it. You won’t let anything go. You want to sharpen the sword of your tongue against that person who wronged you. Think on this… Luke 6:27-38
2. If this is happening amongst brethren… James 4:1-12
E. Malice [ill will; desire to injure] (I Corinthians 14:20).
1. Compassion [sympathy] is necessary for us to have rather than a “I’ll get him back” mentality (I Peter 3:8-9).
2. Your proper growth necessitates malice be set aside (I Peter 2:1-2).
F. Rather, be kind and willing to forgive (Colossians 3:12-14).
1. Forgiveness, patterned after Christ, means we cannot be more forgiving than He is (Luke 13:1-5; cf. Luke 17:3-4).
2. With the aforementioned qualifier, think about the consequence of being unforgiving (Matthew 6:14-15).
III. Conclusion: Rather than all of the above feelings, consider what you should have (Romans 5:1-11).
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