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April 2, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Anger#3: I Would Never Get That Angry, Would I?


LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

ANGER #3:

I WOULD NEVER GET THAT ANGRY, WOULD I?

MONTE W. HOLLAND

 INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

ANGER #3

 I WOULD NEVER GET THAT ANGRY, WOULD I?

SCRIPTURE:  James 1:19-27 19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. 26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (CEV)

DEVOTION: It takes discipline to succeed in sports. Long gone are the days of little training, heavy drinking, and relying on pure physical talent. There are too many talented, hard-working athletes out there ready to take the place of those without commitment.

     Discipline in sports goes beyond training. Discipline on the field is essential also. Athletes are tested by taunting fans, vocal opponents, and vicious hits in contact sports. Anger management is essential. Anger is allowed but only in appropriate amounts. Never hit or touch an official. Contact with opponents is to be within the rules.

     Hockey probably tests athletic discipline as much as any sport. Some hockey players never seem to be able to restrain themselves and after a number of suspensions become a liability to their team and end up out of the sport. Successful athletes play on or even are stimulated by the badgering fans of the opposing team, taking the hard hits with grace.

     The challenge is quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. I struggle to find a role model. This sounds like jurors in a court room. They may listen for days without speaking about the case. They are to be impartial, not motivated by anger at the facts testified to. And maybe the juror is a good example—because their obligation is justice. Justice is a work done without anger, based on knowing the truth—and the truth demands response to an unjust world with widows and orphans in need.

PRAYER:  Loving God, it is easy to get angry with other people, because of how they speak, because of what they do, or because of who they are. Give us hearts for justice and willingness to respond to those in need. Amen.

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To read the previous devotion, click on: Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Envy #4: God Is Where You Are

To read the following devotion, click on: Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Lust #4: Continual Preparation

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ADDITIONAL READING:

ARE YOU PUNISHING OR DISCIPLINING YOUR CHILD?

 Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: A Devotion

 Hope for Victims of Domestic Violence

 How to plan to escape from a domestic violence situation

 Why women stay in abusive relationships: Is this the right question?

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