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Explain how the following are illustrations of righteous anger:

  • Christ (John 2:13-17)
  • Moses (Exodus 32:19-21)
  • David (Psalm 139:21-22)


Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

- James 1:19-20

Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

- Ecclesiastes 7:9

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

- Psalm 37:8


How can teen friends and peer groups be a strongly positive or negative influence?

danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire" (Matthew 5:21-22).

Therefore, controlling one's temper is important. Uncontrolled anger is very dangerous. Anger, as all emotions, is proper or improper according to its motive. Anger over sin, the blasphemy of God's Name, or the dishonoring of the good name of another can be causes for righteous anger. But revengeful and uncontrolled anger is sinful and dangerous. "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city" (Proverbs 16:32).

We can also "murder" ourselves or others spiritually. This is performed by willful sin and its promotion.

    To illustrate the truth of spiritual "murder," Denise's minister used the following three examples:

    "1. Imagine a starving person begging for some bread from a wealthy person. The wealthy one ignores the hungry cries of the other, keeps his rich supply of bread for himself, and the starving person dies. Isn't this a type of murder?

    "We are richly blessed with the Word of God (the heavenly 'Bread'). If we hoard it ourselves and do not distribute it to others, how are we spiritual 'murderers'?

    "2. Imagine a very sick person refusing to use the medicines provided for his illness. If he dies, is this not a type of 'self-murder'?

    "God has provided the remedy for our deadly sickness of sin. If we refuse this remedy, is this not spiritual 'selfmurder'?

    "3. Imagine a person trying to persuade his 'friend' to drink a cup of poison by telling him how delicious it will taste and how refreshing it will be. Would he not be murdering his friend?

    "Sin is spiritual poison. If a person tries to influence another to sin, is this not spiritual 'murder'?"

    Is there any person who is not guilty of breaking the sixth commandment spiritually?

In His sixth commandment, God forbids all types of desires, thoughts, words, or actions which would harm the physical, mental,


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