Lesson 11 “boxed notes”
Anger and bitterness are two noticeable signs of being focused on self and not trusting God’s sovereignty in your life. When you believe that God causes all things to work together for good to those who belong to Him and love Him, you can respond to trials with joy instead of anger or bitterness (based on John 14:15; Romans 5:3-5, 8:28-29; Ephesians 4:31; James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:13-16; 1 John 5:3).
Anger and bitterness are formidable detriments to biblical love, harmonious relationships, and maturity in Christ. Failing to put off anger and bitterness grieves the Holy Spirit, give Satan an opportunity in your life, obscures your witness to others, and disrupts the unity in the Body of Christ. Dealing biblically with anger and bitterness requires wholehearted obedience to God’s Word in every circumstance and with every person, even if your feelings dictate otherwise (based on Matthew 5:16; Romans 14:19; 1 Corinthians 13:4-5; 2 Corinthians 2:10-11, 5:14-15; Galatians 5:17-26; Ephesians 4:1-3, 4:26-27, 4:31-32, 6:11; Colossians 3:8-15; Hebrews 12:15).
At times, you may try to justify your anger by saying, “God was angry (Numbers 25:4) and Jesus was angry (Mark 3:5), so I can be angry too.” However, God is perfectly holy, and you are not. His holiness, justice, love and perfection remain constant even though He is jealous (Exodus 20:5), has wrath (2 Chronicles 28:11), exercises vengeance (Romans 12:19), and is indignant every day (Psalm 7:11). Unlike God, your flesh is in continual conflict between good and evil (Romans 7:14-25; Galatians 5:17). As a result, you will have difficulty responding to emotionally-charged situations without sinning.
If you fail to deal biblically with anger, increasing disobedience to Scripture is inevitable (based on Genesis 4:5-8; 1 Samuel 18:7-9; Psalm 37:8; Proverbs 19:19, 29:22; Ephesians 4:26-27). However, God’s abundant resources and promises enable you to be an overwhelming conqueror as you deal biblically with the problem of anger in your life (based on John 16:13, 16:23-24; Romans 8:31-39, esp. v. 37; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 4:31-32; Philippians 1:6, 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:5; 1 John 3:22).
The sin of bitterness hinders your spiritual growth and harms your relationships with others. It causes much trouble and must be put away quickly from your life and be replaced by compassionate kindness and forgiveness (based on Ephesians 4:31-32; Hebrews 12:14-15; James 3:8-18, esp. verses 11, 14).
Anger and bitterness often accompany life apart from Jesus Christ (your old self). These sinful habits are not to be part of your new life in Christ (your new self). By following God’s way, you can overcome these sinful deeds of the natural man, even if anger or bitterness has dominated your life for years (based on John 15:3-5; Romans 6:12-14; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:22-24, 4:31-32; 1 Peter 1:13-16).
You can help others through any difficult situation by following a specific, scriptural plan of action (based on Proverbs 3:5-6, 11:14; Ezekiel 18:20; Matthew 7:1, 7:5; Romans 15:14; 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, 3:5-6; Galatians 6:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:2-7).
You must deal scripturally with anger and bitterness in order to continue your growth in Christ. This week’s homework will help you understand God’s view of anger and bitterness as well as provide an opportunity for you to develop and implement a biblical plan for overcoming these problem areas (based on Psalm 119:105, 119:165; Matthew 7:5; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:31-32; Colossians 3:8-17; 1 Peter 1:13-16; 2 Peter 1:2-11). Specific and practical steps for leaning to counsel biblically are also presented.
You must deal scripturally with anger and bitterness in order to continue your growth in Christ. This week’s study guide will help you understand God’s view of anger and bitterness as well as provide an opportunity for you to develop and implement a biblical plan for overcoming these problem areas (based on Psalm 119:105, 119:165; Matthew 7:5; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:31-32; Colossians 3:8-17; 1 Peter 1:13-16; 2 Peter 1:2-11). Additionally, specific and practical steps for leaning to counsel biblically are also presented.