Open In App

Session 5

Has your anger gone too far?

Read: 2 Samuel 3

Mark Twain said, “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”

That sounds like anger should be avoided at all costs. But if anger itself is wrong, why would Ephesians 4:26 advise, “In your anger do not sin”?

In response to issues like abuse, injustice, and mistreatment, healthy anger can motivate us to find solutions. The danger, as Twain observed, occurs when we hold on to anger.

Unresolved anger gives way to bitterness. Bitterness poisons our perspective by focusing on the sins of others while forgetting we've fallen short ourselves.

Unresolved anger gives way to bitterness.

2 Samuel 3 chronicles a feud between the houses of Saul and David. Abner, a member of Saul’s family, was working to transfer power to David. Joab was an influential member of David’s family, and Abner had previously killed one of his brothers in self-defense. Understandably, Joab was angry. But he held on to that anger, allowing it to become bitterness.

During the negotiation process, Joab arranged a private meeting with Abner and killed him (2 Samuel 3:26-27). His bitterness caused him to lose sight of God’s promise, drove him to murder, and cursed his family for generations (2 Samuel 3:29).

We can avoid the dangers of unresolved anger by remembering God has forgiven us for our sins. Jesus paid for our sins by dying on the cross, so that through His death and resurrection, we may be forgiven and have a relationship with Him. When we grasp the fact that our debt has been cleared, our appreciation should leave no room for bitterness towards others (Ephesians 4:32).

Reflect:

  • Are you currently dealing with unresolved anger?
  • Have you thanked God for His forgiveness of your sins?
  • If you’re holding on to bitterness, have you asked God for the courage to seek resolution instead of revenge? What is one step you can take today toward forgiveness?

1

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

Read Now
2

Respecting someone after they hurt you

Respecting someone after they hurt you

Read Now
3

When following God, always ask for directions

When following God, always ask for directions

Read Now
4

Does God call us to quit?

Does God call us to quit?

Read Now
5

Has your anger gone too far?

Has your anger gone too far?

Read Now
6

What “they” say doesn’t matter

What “they” say doesn’t matter

Read Now
7

Why waiting is worth it

Why waiting is worth it

Read Now
8

Why should I ask God what to do?

Why should I ask God what to do?

Read Now
9

Sing like no one is listening

Sing like no one is listening

Read Now
10

God always has a better plan

God always has a better plan

Read Now
11

Why would God choose me?

Why would God choose me?

Read Now
12

What is the secret to success?

What is the secret to success?

Read Now
13

Come out of the shadows

Come out of the shadows

Read Now
14

A life of harmony or hostility

A life of harmony or hostility

Read Now
15

What popcorn can teach you about sin

What popcorn can teach you about sin

Read Now
16

Did you hear what she did last night?!

Did you hear what she did last night?!

Read Now
17

Is God fair?

Is God fair?

Read Now
18

The difference between love and lust

The difference between love and lust

Read Now
19

Why would I reconcile with God?

Why would I reconcile with God?

Read Now
20

Is the work of discipline worth it?

Is the work of discipline worth it?

Read Now
21

How do you know who to trust?

How do you know who to trust?

Read Now
22

Choose your battles wisely

Choose your battles wisely

Read Now
23

How to handle the haters

How to handle the haters

Read Now
24

Pride: a fatal flaw

Pride: a fatal flaw

Read Now
25

Do you act before you think?

Do you act before you think?

Read Now
26

Getting over the grip of grief

Getting over the grip of grief

Read Now
27

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

Read Now
28

Your words can ease the tension

Your words can ease the tension

Read Now
29

Is God your last resort?

Is God your last resort?

Read Now
30

How do you feel about God?

How do you feel about God?

Read Now
31

How to praise God in all circumstances

How to praise God in all circumstances

Read Now
32

Waiting for a leader worth following?

Waiting for a leader worth following?

Read Now
33

What you need to lead others well

What you need to lead others well

Read Now
34

How to fight with God’s strength

How to fight with God’s strength

Read Now
35

God’s character revealed

God’s character revealed

Read Now

We want you to have a safe experience while using our site.

Unfortunately, there are security risks associated with your browser. To keep you protected we will be discontinuing support to this browser. Please visit http://browsehappy.com/ for a secure browser update.