Thursday, April 15, 2010

Anger Management

The focus for 2010 at Rodgers Baptist Church, where I am blessed to be the Associate Pastor, is Extreme Love. The particular focus for this month is "Extreme love works at overcoming anger", an idea based on and expressed best in 1 Corinthians 13:5, "Charity...is not easily provoked." As I've been thinking from scriptures about being not easily provoked I immediately thought of my Pocket Puritan edition of Anger Management, a selection taken from Richard Baxter'sChristian Directory.

Baxter wrote that
Anger is a passionate emotional response to a perceived evil that would cross us or hinder us from something good. It has been given to us by God for our good. It stirs us up to vigorous resistance against anything that opposes God's glory, our salvation, our real good, or the good of our neighbors. Anger is therefore good when it is used to its appointed end, in the right manner and measure. But anger may be sinful.
For the remainder of this month I'll post some excerpts from Baxter that will help us manage our anger.

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