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Part 1:  Anger

Bottom Line

Don’t let your anger lead you to sin.

Deal with your anger quickly

Scripture

“In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” – Ephesians 4:26

Overview

Dysfunction disconnects.  When there’s dysfunction in our lives, we no longer have a clear, healthy signal when it comes to our relationships—our wires are crossed.  We’ve all seen families or marriages that we would label “dysfunctional.”  But rarely do we look inside our own lives and ask, “What is dysfunctional about me?

For the next 4 weeks, we’re going to do just that—uncover specific areas of dysfunction in our own lives.  It’s not a depressing thing.  In fact, it’s liberating because we’ll counter these issues with steps from the Bible that lead us toward healthier lives.   In other words, we’ll get the wires uncrossed!

The area we’re discussing tonight is anger.  All of us have different things that make us angry.  And all of us respond to our anger in different ways.  The common thread for all of us is that anger has the potential to hurt our hearts, and it never affects only the person or situation we’re angry with.  No, multiple people suffer in the process (including people who are innocent and oblivious!).

Hopefully, there will be two takeaways from tonight’s talk.  Number one, don’t let anger lead you to sin.  Number two, don’t let the sun go down while you’re still angry.  In other words, deal with your anger quickly.  Don’t let it linger.

Discussion Questions

  1. What/who makes you angry?  What are some dysfunctional ways you deal with it?
  2. With enough lingering anger in your life, you could easily become an angry person.  Why is that so dangerous?  What would your life look like?  Your relationships?
  3. Brainstorm 3 functional (healthy) ways to handle anger quickly.
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