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Anger

by Trisha Young

Anger and unforgiveness can quickly lead to bitterness. Bitterness spreads throughout your life, hardening your heart and clouding your view. Sometimes we hold on tightly to our anger, not trusting the God of the Universe, Creator of Heaven and Earth and sustainer of those who believe, with our hearts and hurt. This is because we have a small view of God and this is a sin. We are called to consistently trust God as the judge and justifier of our faith, to lay offences at His feet and release them into His hands. We should take our thoughts captive by seeing forgiveness as an act of worship. Every time a returning thought of anger rises, ask God to forgive you and give you the strength to trust Him through it. Ultimately, we should choose forgiveness over fear. Forgiveness is an issue of our hearts. It is between us and God, NOT the offender. When we remember this, and bring our anger to the Lord through repentance, He will give us the strength and wisdom to take the next steps.

Digging deeper into anger and forgiveness

What scripture says:

  • Matthew 6:12— We must forgive our debtors
  • Matthew 6:14-15— Forgiving others is an absolute necessity
  • Matthew 18:21-22 & Luke 17:3-4 — Jesus says we must forgive often
  • Matthew 18:23+25 — It is a sin to not forgive and God sends judgement on this sin
  • Ephesians 4:31-32 — Put away bitterness and anger; forgive as God forgives
  • Ephesians 5:1-2 — Be imitators of God
  • Luke 15:20-24 — God forgives our sins and treats us as if we had never sinned
  • Mark 11:25 — Jesus commands us to forgive others
  • 1 Corinthians 13:5 — Love keeps no record of wrongs
  • 1 Peter 4:8 — Love covers (overlooks) a multitude of sins
  • Galatians 6:1 — Restore with gentleness one who has fallen into sin
  • 2 Corinthians 2:5-11— Paul tells us we must forgive and restore one who has sinned against us
  • 2 Corinthians 2:7-8 — Forgive a repentant sinner and affirm your love
  • 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 — When we forgive others, we outwit Satan

More resources that speak about anger and forgiveness:

  • WATCH this sermon by Pastor Josh Casey on A God Sized View of Justice
  • WATCH this video titled “Must We Forgive Those Who Sin Against Us if They Don’t Repent?” by Ed Welch
  • READ this article titled “How to Move from Forgiveness to Reconciliation” by Steve Cornell
  • LISTEN to this podcast titled “Forgiving A Parent Who Has Wronged You”
  • LISTEN to this podcast titled “How Do I Let Go of Anger over Past Wrongs”
  • Consider purchasing and reading the following books:
    • “Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds” by Chris Brauns
    • “Forgiving Others” by Tim Lane  *Stonebridge has a limited number of copies available in the lobby on the bookshelves. Suggested donation of $4.*
    • “Forgiveness: “I just can’t forgive myself!”” by Robert D Jones

Application and exercise:

  • Read the story of Joseph forgiving his brothers in Genesis 45&50 and respond by following the steps below:
    • Who in your life is God calling you to forgive?
    • Write a short prayer seeking God’s strength to lay this person’s offence at His feet.
    • Place what you wrote somewhere you will see it throughout your day and stop to pray the prayer every time you think of it.

Podcasts on Anger

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