“When the only One who has a right to be angry chooses love and service, when He considers the interests of others more important than His own and chooses humility, He changes everything.” ―Edward T. Welch, A Small Book About A Big Problem
It's in the Bible
What does Jesus warn about anger?
It's in the Bible, Matthew 5:22, NKJV. "But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire."
Why do we forgive, rather than continue to be angry? Because God forgave us.
It's in the Bible, Ephesians 4:30-32, NKJV. "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you."
A Small Book About a Big Problem, by biblical counselor and psychologist Edward T. Welch, guides readers to look carefully at how their anger affects them and others through short, daily meditations.
The wounds we inflict on ourselves and others because of anger—loss of intimacy, trust, security, and enjoyment in our closest relationships—give us compelling reasons to look closely at our anger and lift our eyes to Christ.
“As a young pastor anger nearly destroyed my family and my ministry. By grace, God rescued me. My hope is that this book, filled with profound insights, tender grace, and practical wisdom, will be used by God to rescue and restore many. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from reading it.” —Paul Tripp, Author of New Morning Mercies
Read a sample of A Small Book About a Big Problem here.
The past two Tuesdays, we have highlighted two other small books. A Small Book for the Hurting Heart and A Small Book for the Anxious Heart. All three of these books are excellent! The first two especially, A Small Book for the Hurting Heart and A Small Book for the Anxious Heart, are great books to have on hand to give away as needed. I even placed them on the nightstands in our guest bedrooms.
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