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Introduction

Proverbs are nuggets of wisdom spoken in generalities. They are guidelines for wise living. Proverbs relate God-centered smarts and insights. Ignore them, and you will be foolish and ineffective. Follow them, and you will live in wisdom.

Discussion

What are some examples of anger that you see in our society, and examples of anger that you have experienced in your own life?

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SERIES TITLE: WISDOM FOR DUMMIES

SESSION FOUR: ANGER MANAGEMENT

TEXT: PROVERBS 14:16-17

INTRODUCTION. Proverbs are nuggets of wisdom spoken in generalities. They are guidelines for wise living. Proverbs relate God-centered smarts and insights. Ignore them, and you will be foolish and ineffective. Follow them, and you will live in wisdom.

DISCUSSION. What are some examples of anger that you see in our society, and examples of anger that you have experienced in your own life? Describe a time when you were angry and share what it was that set you off and what you did with the anger.

EXAMINATION. v.16 What are the characteristics of someone who is “arrogant” (which means “hotheaded”), and “reckless”? v.17 Since “quick-tempered” involves facial expressions and flared nostrils, how does this relate to anger? Much of the anger described in these two verses focuses on Blowing-Up, the outward expression of anger. Read the following Proverbs that warn of the same behavior: 29:11; 29:22; 12:16; 14:29; 15:18; 19:19; 22:24. What seems to be the problem with this kind of blowing-up or venting? The second half of Proverbs 14:17 is a challenge to translate. The NIV seems to do the best job with “a crafty man is hated.” This presents the opposite of venting anger, referring to internalizing or Bottling-Up anger to scheme and dream about getting even. What is the harm in this approach? Consider James 1:19-20 and Ephesians 4:26-27. What do these passages contribute to our understanding about anger? Look again at how Proverbs 14:16 begins. The name of the Lord does not actually appear in the original manuscript. The accurate reading is simply that “The wise man fears...” What do you think this means and how does it relate to handling anger?

APPLICATION. RATHER THAN BLOWING-UP OR BOTTLING-UP, WISDOM RELEASES ANGER AT THE GOAL AND UNDER CONTROL

• What is the greatest challenge for you: blowing-up or bottling-up anger? Why?

• What is the difference between releasing anger under control and blowing-up?

• How is it possible to aim your anger at the source of the problem rather than on a person?

• Read Proverbs 16:32 and discuss why controlling one’s temper is so highly prized.

• How does Ephesians 4:26 play into this concept of releasing anger?

• Why is learning to manage our anger not an entrance requirement for heaven?

• Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?

• React: What did you feel?

• Act: What are you going to do?

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