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The Dark Side of Anger

A man is driving in his car with his hand out the window and his mouth open. Probably shouting in anger... or singing along to a song.

 

”Anger is a shortcut to get your way, but you lose something in the process. ”

—Mark Jobe

THIS WEEK’S BOLD STEP DEVOTION


Anger is a powerful emotion that affects our ability to think rationally. Consider how you respond when you’re cut off in traffic, when you feel you’re being treated unfairly at work, or when someone constantly interrupts you when you’re trying to finish a task. In all these instances, we choose who is on the receiving end of our anger.

The Bible actually has a lot to say about anger. From the beginning all the way to the end, anger is expressed when mankind rejects God and pursues their own way. Of its many instances in the Bible, anger rears its head in three distinct ways: explosive, stewing, and irritation. In all three responses, when left unchecked, anger can turn into damaging, destructive behavior that wreaks havoc in families, cities, and nations for centuries.

“‘In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold” (Ephesians 4:26–27).

The dark side of anger is that it can destroy lives. Don’t become another casualty. Diffuse your anger today with three key “don’t” statements that just might change your life and the loves of those around you.

Listen to the sermon series: Anger

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Ministry Update from Mark


Recently, I stopped by Lawndale Community Church here in Chicago to pay honor to Pastor Wayne Gordon, affectionately known as “Coach.” He and his wife, Anne, have been serving the people on the South Side of Chicago for over four decades, and I visited to celebrate Wayne’s last sermon as senior pastor.

What I appreciate most about Coach is his shepherd’s heart and compassionate care for people. Years ago, as a young pastor, he gave me good counsel. “Be a pastor to people in low and high positions.” He warned that too often, ministers get caught up in political systems instead of following their primary call as shepherds and spiritual leaders.

The longer I serve as a pastor in Chicago, the more I value spiritual leaders who finish chapters well, keep their marriages strong, and walk in integrity. Thank you, Coach, for a good example!

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