Written by cycleguy on July 8th, 2022

So far in this series I am calling “7 Cancers,” we have talked about pride and envy. This week’s cancer is on Anger.

We have all sorts of ditties about anger. Such as:

“When angry, count ten before you speak; If very angry, a hundred.” Thomas Jefferson

“When angry, count four. When very angry, swear.” Mark Twain

“It’s wise to remember that anger is just one letter short of danger.” Sam Ewing

“Anger helps straighten out a problem like a fan helps straighten out papers.” Susan Marcotte

“Secular” thoughts to a spiritual problem. “Now everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” James 1:19.  Now that’s more like it!

Anger seems to be all the rage (pun intended) these days. If people aren’t screaming and yelling or protesting or ranting and raving about something we tend to think there is something wrong with them. (I, on the other hand, think there is something most definitely wrong with those who do).  Our society is becoming angrier and angrier and it is finding ways to carry it out which boggles the mind. Who can forget the riots of 2020? Who can forget the mass shootings we have witnessed?

Christ-followers are not immune to those same kinds of feelings. BUT THAT DOESN’T MAKE THEM RIGHT.  I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that of all people Christ-follower ought to be setting the example of how to react to unfavorable situations or decisions.

Anger is one of the cancers which plague us all. What should be our response to situations which “try men’s souls”? How can I win over this cancer? My sermon this week on The Explosive Cancer will attempt to answer those questions and more. Please join me in person or via live stream at 9 and 10:45. If you can’t, would you mind praying for me? Thanks.


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Praying for you, Bill!

  2. gail says:

    The root cause of anger, feeling abandoned, enraged, cheated, offended, hurt, is fear. Fear of losing love, moeny, friendship, reputation, being talked about, whatever it is that you feel will damage some part of you, in some way that you deem leaves you vulnerable. We all know that in I John 4:18 we are assured is no fear in love. Who is the one that embraces fear and wants to push the buttons of fear, its the evil one. If we are under the protection of our perfect Father, we do not need to fear, therefore we do not need to show anger towards things that cannot place strongholds on us, or take away the perfect love of our Father. Father helps us to see whatever the world throws at us, it cannot destroy your perfect love. We are under your provision and protection. We can live without fear.

    • cycleguy says:

      I believe you are right Gail. We get angry lots of time simply because we are afraid of what is ahead or because someone did not work into our plan.

  3. Ed says:

    I’ll come out and say it:
    I have lousy moments with anger.
    I’m learning that anger doesn’t accomplish anything.