When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.” He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!” Everyone spoke well of him and was amazed by the gracious words that came from his lips. “How can this be?” they asked. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” Then he said, “You will undoubtedly quote me this proverb: ‘Physician, heal yourself’—meaning, ‘Do miracles here in your hometown like those you did in Capernaum.’ But I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown. “Certainly there were many needy widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the heavens were closed for three and a half years, and a severe famine devastated the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them. He was sent instead to a foreigner—a widow of Zarephath in the land of Sidon. And many in Israel had leprosy in the time of the prophet Elisha, but the only one healed was Naaman, a Syrian.” When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious. Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff, but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way. LUKE 4:16-30 NLT
Jesus wants to set me free from my:
You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! MATTHEW 5:43 NLT
If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile,carry it two miles. MATTHEW 5:41 NLT
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. COLOSSIANS 3:23 NLT
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. COLOSSIANS 3:13 NLT
If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. MATTHEW 6:14 NLT
How to deal with my anger:
Agree that it is unhealthy
Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. *JAMES 1:20 NLT *
Identify the triggers
Seek wise counsel
Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but the wise will calm anger. PROVERBS 29:8 NLT
Hand it over to God
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. EPHESIANS 4:31 NLT
And don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. EPHESIANS 4:26-27 NLT
Community Group Discussion Guide
- What are some of the “pet-peeve” type things that bother you?
- What are some things that have triggered anger in you in the past?
- How do you respond to anger? How does your response to anger impact your relationships?
- Between political, professional or personal anger, which leaves you with the most unresolved anger or bitterness? What causes that in you?
- Proverbs 29:28. Who are the wise people in your life who help you soothe or to process your anger?
- Read Ephesians 4:31. What are some of the practical things you do or need to do to get rid of the things listed in this passage and how can we help?
Personal Reflection Guide
Find a quiet place where you can be alone with God. Allow yourself to think over the different parts of your political, professional and personal life. Identify one area that you tend to find yourself becoming repeatedly angry. Knowing that anger is a common response for a variety of deeper emotions, are there other words that you can use to describe your anger (e.g. fear, anxiety, independence, pride, etc.)? If that anger was a tool, what is it attempting to do? Does it make you feel powerful, safer, less controlled? What would it require of you to begin the process of letting go of your anger? Ask God what it would look like to trust in him as you let go of your anger. Spend some time with him in that place. As you move through your week, talk this over with someone you trust and begin the work of letting go.