Respectable Sins: Weeds of Anger

When Bridges talks about the weeds of anger, he is referring to the long term results of anger. And though we often think of anger as something that may come and go and just a part of life, there is no mistaking the Biblical stance on anger (hint: it’s not very favorable to anger). Here are the “weeds of anger”:

  • Resentment: this anger that is held on to…”Resentment may be more difficult to deal with than outwardly expressed anger because the person often continues to nurse his wounds and dwell on his ill-treatment” (130).
  • Bitterness
  • Enmity and hostility
  • Grudge: this is more serious than merely holding a grudge against someone in some innocuous way as Bridges is using the Biblical definition. The word then is associated with taking revenge on the object of the grudge.
  • Strife: there certainly has been no shortage of strife in Christ’s Church through the years.

In looking at these weeds of anger, Bridges concern is to help “us to see that anger, held on to, is not only sin, it is spiritually dangerous…Anger is never static” (133). So, in typically fashion, Bridges provides three encouragements/ways to helps us deal with our anger so that we do not sin in this manner, nor produce the resulting weeds.

  • First, we need to look at and remember the sovereignty of God (this has definitely been a theme of this book). This is Bridges first and a strong defense against anger.
  • Second, we need to pray that the Lord will enable us to grow in love. 1 Peter 4:8 is cited: “Above all, keep loving one earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”
  • Third, we need to learn to forgive as God has forgiven us. See the parable of the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18:21-35)

Introduction & Schedule for blogging on Respectable Sins

Reflections on Chapters 1 & 2

Reflections on Chapters 3 & 4

Reflections on Chapters 5 & 6

Reflections on Chapters 7 & 8

Reflections on Chapters 9 & 10

Reflections on Chapters 11 & 12

Reflections on Chapters 13 & 14

Reflection on Chapter 15

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