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-Be Angry And Sin Not

Picture Frame Be Angry And Sin NotBy Warren Henderson Copyright ©2005, Published by Gospel Folio Press, 304 Killaly Street, West Port Colborne, ON, L3K 6A6, Canada www.gospelfolio.com


In his preface to Be Angry And Sin Not, Warren Henderson gives us this brief summary of the book’s purpose: “In the following pages, the reader will first learn of God’s desire for anger as seen in His own righteous character and revealed precepts, then tools for bringing wrong anger attitudes in line with His purposes will be offered.” The author calls his book a devotional; the publisher classifies it in the same way. While its contents are instructive as to the nature, purpose, uses and abuses of anger, Henderson’s style is very encouraging. For instance, instead of “preaching” against anger, he teaches us much about it by addressing such questions as: “Why am I angry?”, “Should I be angry?”, “How can I control my angry feelings?” and “How can my anger benefit others and serve God?”

The 14 chapter titles of this 117-page book provide an excellent introduction to its contents. Below are a few words from each.

Understanding Anger: “Anger is often thought of as an undesired and hostile behavior, but this notion is flawed on two counts.”

God’s Anger – Our Pattern: “Before investigating the peculiarities and flaws of our anger, we need to research God’s intent for anger and its proper usage.”

Be Responsible: “Regardless of the world’s injustices and our past pain, what we do when angry is our choice.”

Serving God Or Our Flesh: “The holy pages of Scripture record for our learning many examples of individuals who either allowed their anger to serve God or, unfortunately, allowed it to serve themselves.”

Anger Flavors: “The original language of the New Testament is much more ‘colorful’ than is our English language … Consequently, the Greek text presents several ‘flavors’ of anger.”

Investigating The Cause Of Anger: “If a Christian has a healthy self-acceptance in Christ and a mature understanding of God’s purpose for his or her life, feelings of anger will not be less but much more likely to terminate with righteous indignation or release than with rage and resentment.”

Learning Christ: “The answer to the question the Savior asked others, “What think ye of Christ?” (Mt. 22:42), is also the key to controlling one’s anger.”

Breaking The Anger Cycle: “We must labor to crucify (put to death) the natural desires of the flesh. In this cause, Scripture applies numerous exhortations and much practical guidance.”

First-Aid Techniques: “Through first-aid one learns to curb the initial impulses of anger … to control our impulses rather than allow them to control us.”

Deflate The Balloon: “In this chapter we will explore favorable avenues for displacing anger in a profitable and productive way.”

Don’t Inflate The Balloon: “What is the common denominator among all of our internal conditions? Pride, in one form or another.”

Don’t Jab The Balloon: “The best means of limiting irritating circumstances that arouse anger is to stay near to the Lord.”

Seeking Forgiveness: “If we realize that others will naturally hurt us, we should also recognize that developing a forgiving heart is a necessary part of interacting with each other.”

Receiving Forgiveness: “God promises to forgive the repentant soul, so arise, unshackle your regrets, free your guilt, release your anger and walk afresh in the newness and sweetness of Christ.”

If you have any trouble managing anger (and who doesn’t?), I highly recommend this very readable, helpful and encouraging book.

Reviewed By Larry Ondrejack

With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org

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