Main Idea
Anger is neutral, but when we get angry it can easily lead to sin.

Starter
Which of these four analogies for anger best describes you?

  • Toxic waste – anger gets buried and leaks out somewhere else
  • Volcano – anger builds from a slow rumble to a massive explosion
  • Iceberg – someone makes you angry and you give them the icy, cold shoulder
  • Microwave – a single button gets pushed and you become instantly angry

Discuss
What are some situations that trigger your anger?

Anger is a secondary-emotion, meaning we bypass our first emotion because it’s often easier to be angry than to deal with the real issues. What issues or emotions do you tend to bypass in favor of anger?

What does the Bible say?
Read Ephesians 4:26-32.

Share a time when you “let the sun go down on your anger” toward another person – meaning you left it unresolved? How did that impact the relationship?

When have you been on the receiving end of someone else’s anger? Did that move you toward forgiveness or toward more anger?

Apply the message
What steps can you take to move toward addressing unresolved emotions that you’ve used anger to cover up?

In what ways could you use anger for the good of others around you?

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