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Anger いかり

Today we conclude our series on the seven primary sins 7つのたいざい and their blessing counterparts どうとうのしゅくふく. We’ve been looking at this so that we can identify 見分ける sin in our lives and deal with かいけつする it. More so, remembering that sin is a perversion へんたい of what God made good, we’ve been looking at the blessing counterparts どうとうのしゅくふく of these sins so that we can not only avoid sin but live in blessing.

So far:
Pride プライド … 1 Peter 5:5 “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” humility けんそん
Envy ねたみ … 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment まんぞく is great gain.
Sloth たいだ … Romans 12:11 Never be lacking in zeal ねっしん, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Greed どんよく … Psalm しへん 37:21 The righteous give generously. generosity きまえ
Gluttony ぼういんぼうしょく… But the fruit of the Spirit is…self control. じせい Gal 5:22
Lust せいよく… marital love ふうふのあい- The Song of Songs がか

Today: Anger いかり

First, a few quotes:

i. Wrath makes him deaf. いかりは耳を聞こえなくする (All we can hear is the blood rushing around in our head!) −Henry VI Shakespeare

ii. Internet: I don’t need anger management, I need people to stop annoying me.

iii. Never go to bed angry. Stay up and fight. おこったまま寝てはいけない。おきていて、かいけつするまでけんかしつづけなさい。−Phyllis Diller

Before we look at what the Bible says about anger いかり, we need to consider that there is something fundamentally きほんてきに different about anger いかり from the other six sins we’ve looked. What is it?

The other sins are always sin. Anger can be righteous.

A. When anger is sin いかりが罪であるとき – or leads to sin. What the Bible says:

Proverbs しんげん 29:11
A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. 29:11おろかな者はいかりをことごとくあらわし、ちえある者はしずかにこれをおさえる。(Anger is temporary insanity – Proverbs しんげん 19:11)

Ephesians 4:26-27
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” 4:26いかることがあっても、罪をおかしてはならない。いきどおったままで、日がくれるようであってはならない。 4:27また、あくまにきかいをあたえてはいけない。 When you give full vent to your anger いかりをことごとくあらわす, you’re inviting the devil in.

James ヤコブ 1:19-20
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 1:19あいするきょうだいたちよ。このことをしっておきなさい。人はすべて、聞くに早く、かたるにおそく、いかるにおそくあるべきである。 1:20人のいかりは、神のぎをまっとうするものではないからである。

My personal testimony. Something ‘snaps’, blood rushes to my head – the result けっか is never good.

This “vented anger” いかりをあらわす can cause real damage ひどいそんがい. There are things which are said which can never be unsaid. Things which the other person hears which can never be unheard. Things that are felt that might never be unfelt. So we need to be careful about venting our anger いかりをあらわす.

So before we get onto righteous anger 正しいいかり, what does the Bible say about controlling our anger いかり?

i. Be slow to speak. かたるにはおそく Bite your lip. Walk away. Cool down. Don’t send the email you’ve just written in anger. Make time and space. (James ヤコブ 1:19)

ii. Take remedial action. なかなおりする If you have anger or a grievance against someone, God says he won’t even listen to you. Before you worship God, make amends with your brother. Then come back to church and worship God. (Mat 5:23,24)

iii. Get to the root of the problem. もんだいのげんいんをさがす “Anger is the fruit of rotten roots. One of the primary roots of anger stems from the family. Angry people come from angry families because they learn from their role models もはん and carry on the same behavior こうどう in their own lives, eventually passing it on to their children.” Joyce Meyer (Exodus しゅつエジプトき 20:5)

I’ve read that up to 90% of anger いかり is misplaced まちがった anger いかり. We get angry with John because of what Mary did or said to us (not what John did or said – that was just a trigger for the anger we already had).

A2. Anger’s blessing counterpart どうとうのしゅくふく (open question) Peace. へいあん

If we have any sort of anger issues, we need to seek first the peace of God. 何かのいかりのもんだいがあるなら、まず神のへいあんをもとめるひつようがあります。 The peace of God comes through a deepening knowledge of and relationship with God. It’s that simple. It’s not always that easy. But it’s that simple ふくざつではない. You have a deep and intimate relationship with God and you will know peace.

B. When anger is righteous. いかりが正しいとき

Anger is righteous when it is directed toward sin. いかりが罪に向けられているならそれは正しいいかりです。
We shouldn’t be getting angry when the cap is left off the toothpaste, or the dry cleaning is forgotten, or when someone has poor taste in fashion. We should be angry when we hear blasphemy, when we see filth in the media, when we become aware of injustice ふこうへい. In fact, we should be angry when we come across any sort of wrongdoing 罪 – (Proverbs しんげん 6:16) – and this is what we have been identifying 見分ける in this series on the 7 primary sins 7つのたいざい.

Here’s a question: Do we get angry about the same things God does? 神がいかるのと同じことを私たちはいかるでしょうか?

But here’s the key thing じゅうようなポイント:

We are to hate the sin, but love the sinner. 罪をにくみ、罪人を愛するべきです。

It’s a nice sound bite but showing people that we love them while we hate the sin in their lives is key to being Christlike and living a Christian life. その人の罪はにくむが、その人を愛することをしめすのがキリストのもはんをしめすひけつです。It must be built on a foundation きそ of trust しんらい and demonstrable care じっしょうできる思いやり. It’s the difference between judgmentalism さばくこと and loving correction あいをこめてのいますこと.

This is hard even with ourselves. We must hate the sin within ourselves yet not succumb to self-loathing 自分をにくむ. It can be tempting to beat ourselves up 自分をせめる sometimes over the sin in our lives. We are to be angry about the sin in our lives but hold on to the image of ourselves as children loved by God and love ourselves in that capacity.

Let’s finish by looking at God’s anger 神のいかり because this takes us to the heart 心・ちゅうしん of the gospel ふくいんのメッセージ.

Psalms しへん 7:11 God is a righteous judge, a God who expresses his wrath every day. 神は正しいさばく方である、日々、いかる神である。

1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 私たちが神を愛したのではなく、神が私たちを愛し、私たちの罪のためになだめのそなえ者としての御子をつかわされました。ここに愛があるのです。

Propitiation なだめのそなえ者 is a key word じゅうような言葉 in Christianity. If English is not your native language and you don’t know this word, don’t worry, most native speakers don’t know this word.

Propitiation refers to the turning aside of God’s righteous anger by an offering. なだめのそなえ者とは何かをささげることによって神の正しいいかりをそらすことを言います。That’s what Jesus was on the cross. He was an offering ささげ者 poured out on our behalf.

Because God is a holy and righteous judge せいなる正しいさばく方, He cannot just let sin go unpunished こらしめない. It must be atoned for つぐなわれる. Jesus took upon Himself all the anger and indignation いかり that God righteously had from our sins. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, God’s righteous anger 正しいいかり has been turned away from us and

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” (Romans 5:1,2) 5:1このように、私たちは、しんこうによってぎとされたのだから、私たちの主イエス・キリストにより、神にたいして平和をえている。 5:2私たちは、さらに彼により、いま立っているこの恵にしんこうによってみちびき入れられ、そして、神のえいこうにあずかるきぼうをもってよろこんでいる。

Let’s do all we can to get rid とりのぞく of all unrighteous anger 正しくないいかり and to live in the peace へいあん of God.