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   The Weight of Anger

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Prov. 27:3, "A stone [is] heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath [is] heavier than them both."

Introduction:

A. Solomon often had to deal with Wrath and Anger, Strife and Contention.

B. These problems Arise From Folly, but they may be Calmed And Controlled By Wisdom.

C. Anger:

1. Stirs up trouble,

2. Produces strife,

3. Causes failure,

4. At times, leads to death.

D. Yet, Anger May Be:

1. Quieted by wisdom,

2. Turned aside by a soft answer,

3. Pacified by a gift.

E. Men of Discretion learn to control their temper.

F. Strife is often Stirred Up By Sins such as:

1. Hatred,

2. Wrath,

3. Whispering,

4. Contention,

5. Pride.

G. But, strife May Be Stopped by:

1. Terminating the tale bearing,

2. Excluding the scoffer,

3. Separating the scrappers --- But, not without difficulty and even danger.

H. Wise men are Peacemakers and will choose Loneliness rather than a Life of Contention.

I. Anger Is Foolish.

Prov. 12:16, "A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent [man] covereth shame."

Prov. 14:17, "[He that is] soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated."

II. Anger Is Aroused By Backbiting.

Prov. 25:23, "The north wind driveth away rain: so [doth] an angry countenance a backbiting tongue."

III. Anger Arouses Trouble.

Prov. 19:19, "A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver [him], yet thou must do it again."

A. Anger Produces Strife.

Prov. 30:33, "Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife."

B. Anger Causes Failure.

Prov. 22:8, "He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail."

C. Anger Leads To Death.

Prov. 20:2, "The fear of a king [is] as the roaring of a lion: [whoso] provoketh him to anger sinneth [against] his own soul."

Prov. 16:14, "The wrath of a king [is as] messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it."

IV. Anger May Be Quieted.

A. Anger Is Quieted By Wisdom.

Prov. 29:8, "Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise [men] turn away wrath."

B. Anger Is Quieted By Soft Answers.

Prov. 15:1, "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger."

C. Anger Is Quieted By Gifts.

Prov. 21:14, "A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath."

D. However, Anger May Not Always Be Quieted By Gifts..

Prov. 11:4, "Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death."

V. Controlled Temper Is Wise.

Prov. 14:29, "[He that is] slow to wrath [is] of great understanding: but [he that is] hasty of spirit exalteth folly."

A. Controlling Our Temper Allays Contention.

Prov. 15:18, "A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but [he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife."

B. Controlling Our Temper Is Better Than Power.

Prov. 16:32, "[He that is] slow to anger [is] better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city."

C. The Ability To Control Our Anger Is Produced By Discretion.

Prov. 19:11, "The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and [it is] his glory to pass over a transgression."

VI. Strife Is Stirred Up By Sin.

Prov. 17:19, "He loveth transgression that loveth strife: [and] he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction."

A. Strife Is Caused By Hatred.

Prov. 10:12, "Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins."

B. Strife Is Caused By Wrath.

Prov. 29:22, "An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression."

C. Strife Is Caused By Whispering.

Prov. 16:28, "A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends."

D. Strife Is Caused By Contention.

Prov. 26:21, "[As] coals [are] to burning coals, and wood to fire; so [is] a contentious man to kindle strife."

E. Strife Is Caused By Pride.

Prov. 28:25, "He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat."

F. Strife Is Perpetuated By Tale Bearing.

Prov. 26:20, "Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceaseth." --- V. 22, "The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly."

G. Strife Is Worse Than Poverty.

Prov. 17:1, "Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [with] strife."

VII. Strife May Be Stopped.

Prov. 20:3, "[It is] an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling."

A. You Stop Strife By Separating The Scoffer.

Prov. 22:10, "Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease."

B. However, This May Be With Great Difficulty And Danger.

Prov. 17:14, "The beginning of strife [is as] when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with."

Prov. 26:17, "He that passeth by, [and] meddleth with strife [belonging] not to him, [is like] one that taketh a dog by the ears."

VIII. Contention Creates Catastrophe.

Prov. 18:19, "A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city: and [their] contentions [are] like the bars of a castle."

Prov. 19:13, "A foolish son [is] the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife [are] a continual dropping."

Prov. 27:15-16, "A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike. Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, [which] bewrayeth [itself]."

IX. Contention Is Caused By Folly.

Prov. 18:6, "A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes."

A. Contention Is Caused By Pride.

Prov. 13:10, "Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised [is] wisdom."

B. Contention Is Caused By Drinking.

Prov. 23:29-30, "Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine."

X. You Can Cause Contention To Cease.

Prov. 18:18, "The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty."

XI. Loneliness Is Better Than Anger or Contention.

Prov. 21:9, "[It is] better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house." --- V. 19, "[It is] better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman."

Prov. 22:24-25, "Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul."




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