All the Rage 2
Series Big Idea:
Anger is a weird emotion. It can make us do or say things we normally never would do or say. And if unchecked, it can cause damage in relationships that lasts long after our anger has subsided. Join us for this two-part mini-series as we explore what causes anger, and how to not “Hulk out” when we get mad.
We all tend to be the heroes of our own stories.
We justify the actions of the good guys when it’s done against the bad guys.
Whose sense of justice is really right? Our anger skews truth.
Romans 12:17–21  Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”  To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (ESV)
Our sense of justice will never be as complete or as right as God’s.
In view of God’s justice: do right when others do wrong.
Q1: Have you ever made a bad call in order to justify your actions? Maybe even knowingly?
Q2: Who are your “nemeses?” Is there someone or group you are always against?
Q3: Are you really making fair calls about that person or those people?
Q4: What do you do after you realize you made a mistake and let your anger call the shots?
Q5: How might it change a heated situation if you let God show you the truth about that person and yourself, in that moment?
Q6: If we can overcome anger by one right choice at a time, what is your next choice? Are any apologies necessary? Maybe even to yourself?