Tuesday, May 15, 2007

What Causes You to Get Angry? (Pt.2)

We have been looking at the causes for anger? Today, I want to give you a few more. We have already considered pride, harsh words, selfishness, and unrealistic demands. The next is lying. Proverbs 13:5 says “A righteous man hates lying.” Do you get angry when someone lies to you? Another cause for anger is disobedience. In Exodus 16:19-20 we are given an example of this with the children of Israel. It says, “And Moses said, “Let no one leave any of it till morning.” Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them.” This verse is referring to the Manna that the children of Israel received and serves as a good case for righteous indignation. Moses was angry that they did not obey God in regards to the manna. But this is not the only problem he had with Israel. They were also a complaining people. In Exodus 17:1-4 we read, “Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, “Give us water, that we may drink.” So Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the Lord?” And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, “Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me!” God hates complaining and it too serves as a cause for anger.

Some other causes are pain to a loved one (Gen.39:19), and injustice (Gen.44:18). Sam Ewing gives this insightful statement regarding anger. He says, It is wise to remember that anger is just one letter short of danger.”

Do you understand the causes of anger. Tomorrow we will consider our passage in Ephesians 4:26-27 and ask the question, “When is anger right?”

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