“A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.” - Proverbs 29:22 (ESV)

AN INVITATION TO ATTEND A TWO-PART SEMINAR ON ANGER MANAGEMENT I’m going to ask you a superfluous question. Sometimes a superfluous question, to which the answer is patently obvious, needs to be asked. It is more an attempt to arrest attention and solicit pause for considered thought by the person to whom the question is addressed.

My question is: have you ever been angry at anyone?

How superfluous is that! Of course you have.

And do you know that your seemingly “natural” angry outbursts attract divine “judgment” and “hell fire”? The pronouncements of our Lord Jesus on this indicate beyond doubt that some if not most of our anger is sin – spelt with a capital “S”. The Apostle Paul, on the other hand teaches that there is anger which is not sinful. Knowing the difference, then, becomes crucially important for our spiritual and natural health.

I would like to urge you to seize a coming opportunity to attend a two-part seminar on understanding and managing anger, and (its equally evil twin) bitterness.

These are planned for the last Fridays of February and March. The first Part, entitled, “Taming The Beast Within”, will be held on February 28 from 8pm to 9.30pm in Moriah B-P Church. I really do encourage you to come. Let us together, learn to “cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not [ourselves] in any wise to do evil.” (I will announce the title and content of the Second and final Part at a later date.)

The world and health experts understand and think of anger as “natural” and a “normal and even a healthy emotion.” Some would go so far as to say, “It’s perfectly healthy and normal to feel angry when you’ve been mistreated or wronged.”

I’m not quarrelling with these classifications. But to lump this problem solely within one dimension (the “natural” one) is to obscure the important spiritual dimension of this prevalent and at times destructive emotion.

The Bible, of course, has a lot to say on this problem. And I intend to bring them up in the seminars for your consideration and for our mutual learning.

In Part I – we will discuss the biblical views and biblical principles of anger and bitterness. By acquainting ourselves with an understanding of these views and principles, we can, with God’s grace, be moved one step closer to learning how to tame the beast within.

So … make it a date to come and find out how we can cease to stir up strife and avoid causing much transgression.

In Christ, Rev. Robert Chew