Fun facts about anger:
- Nearly 60% of all homicides happen between people who know each other and were not able to resolve their anger.
- 4 million wives were beaten by angry husbands in 2013.
- 10 million children were severely beaten in that same year by parents who did not know how to control their anger
- The average woman loses her temper 3 times a week; the average man 6 times
- Women get angry more often at people; men get angry more often at things (that break or don’t work)
- Men are more physical with anger than women
- You are more likely to express anger at home than anywhere else
Things that might possibly be myths about anger:
- Christians should never be angry
- Anger is always a sin
- Some people are just born angry
- Anger can never be resolved – one just has to learn to manage it
- Other people can make you angry
This Sunday, in a message entitled, “Love Is Not Easily Angered,” we are going to explore what the Bible reveals about anger and its impact on our journey to living a life of love. In preparation for our time of study, let me encourage you to read the following verses:
- 1 Corinthians 13:5 – love is not easily provoked to anger
- Genesis 4:1-7 – anger has been around for a really long time
- Jonah 4:1-4 – it is interesting how many times God asks people why they are angry
- Proverbs 22:24-25 – and you wondered where your kids got it
- Proverbs 29:22 – angry people sin a bunch
- Ephesians 4:26-27 – but anger does not always have to lead to sin
- Ephesians 4:31-32 – this is God’s “anger management” program
Anger is a part of everyone’s life – and very often it completely hinders God in His efforts to pour love into our lives and then out of our lives. The teaching this Sunday might be worth hearing.
Special Note: This Sunday would normally be the day we observe the Lord’s Supper. However, that will not be the case this month. Part of the 40 Days of Love study is to share the Lord’s Supper together in Life Groups as a means to conclude our intimate and intense weekly study of the Lord’s love for us and our commitment to love others.