A Fishy Tale About Faith
Scott Young.com – Pastor of HOPE
James 1:19 - My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce therighteousness that God desires.
Ephesians 4:26 - “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
WE MISMANAGE OUR ANGER WHEN …
1. We Are Upset About Things We Cannot Control
Jonah 4:1 - This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry.
Jonah 3:10 - And when God saw that they had put a stop to their evil ways, he abandoned his plan to destroy them and didn’t carry it through.
Jonah 4:2 - He prayed to the Lord, “Come on, Lord! Wasn’t this precisely my point when I was back in my own land? This is why I fled to Tarshish earlier! I know that you are a merciful and compassionate God, very patient, full of faithful love, and willing not to destroy.
Jonah 4:3 - Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!” 4 Then the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?”
2. We Stay Angry With People God Has Forgiven
Jonah 4:5 - So Jonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city. There he made himself a shelter and sat under it in the shade, till he might see what would become of the city.
3. We Major On Minor Issues
Jonah 4:9 - Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” And he said, “It is right for me to be angry, even to death!”
4. We Resolve Our Anger When We Realize How Much
People Matter To God
Jonah 4:10 - But the Lord said, “You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night.
Jonah 4:11 - But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?”