By Pastor David Stiles Baldwin Baptist Church Do you have an unrealistic expectation of some sort?\u00a0 Do you think you're angry because, oh, maybe a set of imagined rights are being violated by an ignorant person you know? You think, "I'm entitled."\u00a0 Entitled\u00a0 to defend my selfish, self centered wants in uncontrolled wicked anger!\u00a0 No you're not.\u00a0 What does that make you?\u00a0 That means you are outside of the will of God.\u00a0 Is that how you want to live your life? The Bible says: "Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry, for anger resteth in the bosom of fools," (Ecc.7:9). Anger is the type of emotional response we rationalize too often.\u00a0 We may justify wrong behavior with excuses but are really defending sin in our life. We must repent and forsake the sin that enslaves us.\u00a0 God tells us, "Be ye angry and sin not," (Eph.4:26). The very next verse says, "Neither give place to the devil," (Eph.4:27). Yes, it seems there may be demonic behavior following outbursts of anger.\u00a0 Children are abused by angry parents.\u00a0 Spouses are attacked and sometimes killed by those who feel entitled to invented rights.\u00a0 Listen to God: ''He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly,"(Prov.14:17). "A wrathful man stirreth up strife:\u00a0 but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife," (Prov.15:18). Repent and seek forgiveness from almighty God and the person who is the victim of such foolish behavior.\u00a0 There is strength in self control.\u00a0 "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that ruleth his spirit is better than he that taketh a city," (Prov. 16:32). Do you enjoy strife?\u00a0 God says, "An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression,"(Prov 29:22).\u00a0 How do you live?\u00a0 How do you respond when you feel yourself getting angry?\u00a0 You must do something to stop it!\u00a0 Now, you may think it's okay to blow up on someone, or equally wicked, to clam up over an issue which needs to be talked about; but communication is needed in families and in the work place. Will you be in God's will for life?\u00a0 Communication means you must listen as well as speak.\u00a0 We are told by God, "Cease from anger, and forsake wrath, fret not thyself in any wise to do evil,"(Psa.37:8). What is lacking in the lives of too many anger-filled individuals is the power of the Holy Spirit. In the book of Gal. 5:23, one of the parts of the fruit of the Spirit is temperance (self control).\u00a0 The Holy Spirit grows this fruit in believers if you will listen to Him.\u00a0 Be surrendered to what God wants and listen. "The discretion of a man deferreth his anger, and it is his glory to pass over a\u00a0 transgression,"(Prov.19:11).\u00a0 When you think your rights have been violated, stop and think again.\u00a0 "A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger," (Prov.15:1). Will you listen to the wisdom of God?\u00a0 For parents, God says, "Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged," (Col. 3:21).\u00a0 Remember anger is a learned behavior.\u00a0 What are you teaching others?\u00a0 Watch who you are influenced by, because the Bible says, "Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul," (Prov 22:25).\u00a0 Do you have angry friends that are teaching you an uncontrolled life is okay? You may say people don't understand your circumstances.\u00a0 Yes, choices do matter when it comes to the future.\u00a0 "It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman,"(Prov.21:19).\u00a0 This would apply to any of us.\u00a0 Don't live in your sin.\u00a0 Come to Christ.\u00a0 Christ will change your life if you let Him.\u00a0 You must be born again.\u00a0 You then have the Holy Spirit to help you.\u00a0 He will change you.\u00a0 Even believers are told in the Bible, "Let all bitterness and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice," (Eph.4:31). Get rid of this behavior!\u00a0 Do it now!\u00a0 Stop making excuses for it.\u00a0 Repent and get right with Almighty God.\u00a0 Before the damage is permanent in your life, yield to the will of God. "Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you," (Eph. 4:32). Seek the forgiveness from God without delay.\u00a0 Finally, pay attention to Col. 3:8, "But now ye also put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth."\u00a0\u00a0 There is hope today.\u00a0 Hope in Christ.\u00a0 Don't be carried away with our culture of anger and hate.\u00a0 Put your faith in Christ then make your body a living sacrifice for God.\u00a0 Live right or pay the penalty in God's judgment of sin. How will you deal with your sin, whatever that sin may be?\u00a0 Jesus says in Matt. 5:22, "That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment." Will you risk it or repent?\u00a0\u00a0 Remember God for Christ has forgiven you.\u00a0 Will you develop a forgiving spirit, or will you keep being angry?\u00a0 Christ died on the cross and shed his blood to deal with your sin.\u00a0 Accept his free gift now.\u00a0 Don't wait.\u00a0 Don't hesitate.