In this first installment of the “Bitter Roots” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at the things that God wants to reveal to us that will change our lives in Hebrews chapter 12. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including anger.
Bitter Roots, Part 01
Hebrews 12:15 – 15See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Matthew 5:21-22 – 21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.
Mark 3:1-5 – 1Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 2Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” 4Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. 5He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.
Righteous anger is against sin.
Matthew 5:22 – 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother
will be subject to judgment.
Causeless or unrighteous anger is against others. Stabbing
Matthew 5:22b – Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca, ‘ is answerable to the Sanhedrin.
Raca – empty-headed person.
We stab others with our words.
Matthew 5:22c – But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the
fire of hell.
It is the attitude of your heart that causes the destruction of the human soul.
Psalm 32:3 – 3When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my
groaning all day long.
- Anger held in is suicide.
- Holding in anger destroys relationships.
- Arsonists keep long lists of offenses.