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Anger Management Illustrated

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15 Apr

Anger Management Illustrated

Jesus used anger (resentment) to bring about good change.

“People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this He was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them.’’’ (Mark 10:13-14a) Synonyms of indignant include angry, resentful, infuriated and mad. Jesus wanted children to freely approach Him. The disciples blocked a goal. Because His goal was blocked, Jesus experienced the normal God-given emotion of anger (resentment). 

 The anger Jesus experienced was used to bring about a good change. Jesus provided an example of using the emotion of anger (resentment) in a way that pleases God. How do you respond when a goal is blocked? Is the anger you experience being used to bring about a good change?

Esau used anger (resentment) to plan for revenge.

Genesis 27 records the story of Isaac's preparing to give his blessing to Esau, his firstborn son. Isaac was old and blind. Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, wanted Esau’s younger brother, Jacob, to receive the blessing that belonged to Esau. Rebekah and Jacob successfully deceived Isaac and he gave Esau’s blessing to Jacob. When Isaac told Esau what happened, “he burst out with a loud and bitter cry” (Gen. 27:34). “Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, ‘The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.’” (Genesis 27:41)  

Esau experienced injustice, which caused him to have the normal God-given emotion of anger (resentment).

The anger Esau experienced was used to plan for revenge. Esau provided an example of using the emotion of anger (resentment) in a way that did not please God.  How do you respond when you experience injustice? Is the anger you experience processed in a way that pleases God?

Elijah used anger (resentment) to judge others and complain.

“Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, ‘May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.’ Elijah was afraid and ran for his life.” (1 Kings 19:1-3a) Elijah felt threatened. Later when God approached him, he condemned the Israelites for breaking the covenant. He also bitterly complained over the fruitlessness of his own work. (1 Kings 19:10, 14) When Elijah felt threatened, he experienced the normal God-given emotion of anger (resentment).         

 The anger Elijah experienced was used to judge others and complain. Elijah provided an example of using the emotion of anger (resentment) in a way that did not please God. How do you respond when you feel threatened? Is the anger you experience processed in a way that pleases God?

Cain used anger (resentment) to mask guilt and to remove his brother.

“Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought fat portions from the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?’” (Genesis 4:2b-7a) Cain felt guilty, which caused him to experience the normal God-given emotion of anger (resentment).  

The anger Cain experienced was used to mask his guilt and to remove his brother. Cain provided an example of using the emotion of anger (resentment) in a way that did not please God. How do you respond to feeling guilty? Is the anger you experience being processed in a way that pleases God? 

Moses used anger (resentment) to destroy something and to hurt others.

 “Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back. The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets. When Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting, he said to Moses, ‘There is the sound of war in the camp.’ Moses replied: ‘It is not the sound of victory, it is not the sound of defeat; it is the sound of singing that I hear.’ When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. And he took the calf they had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.” (Exodus 32:18-20) While Moses was with God, on Mount Sinai, the impatient Israelites took matters into their own hands. They made and worshiped a golden calf. When Moses realized the Israelites were not honoring the morals and values God had given, he experienced the normal God-given emotion of anger (resentment). 

The anger Moses experienced was used to destroy something and to hurt others. Moses provided an example of using anger (resentment) in a way that did not please God. How do you respond when your morals and values are not honored? Is the anger you experience being used in a way that pleases God?

MikeMarecle

Mike Marecle