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The meaning of anger. One of the most helpful books on anger is by David Powlison, Good and Angry. It’s so good I want to read the entire second chapter to you. “Do You Have a Serious Problem with Anger?” Yes. That’s it, maybe the shortest book chapter in history. At the end of each chapter he has some applications. At the end of this chapter he suggests going back and rereading the chapter several more times. Do you have an anger problem? Have you ever had smoke coming out your ears or been red in the face or raised your voice? If you are human the answer is yes. From our two texts we learn there are three kinds of anger. First, there is God’s kind of anger called the wrath of God (Romans 12:19). God’s wrath is an expression of His holiness and justice. His wrath is perfect and pure and righteous and justified. It is always completely under control and never sinful. Second, being made in the image of God there is a way in which humans can also have a righteous anger, especially in the face of gross injustice and assaults on God’s character and nature. We carry in us a sense of what’s right and wrong, just and unjust. Paul says it is possible to be angry and not sin (Ephesians 4:26). In fact it would be a sin if Christians never got angry about injustice, abortion, domestic violence, abusing and distorting sex, dishonoring marriage, mocking God and His Word. Third, there is sinful anger, the last of the seven serious sins we have been considering. We could easily spend three sermons on these three kinds of anger, but I am only going to focus on the anger that affects us all the most, our sinful anger, what James refers to as, “the anger of man [that] does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). This is a universal sin. Everyone sins this sin. Anger is cross cultural, it respect no ages or peoples or positions. Anger may be the very first sin each of us ever commits as an infant. The youngest children can fly into a rage and throw epic temper tantrums over food, bedtimes, Legos, and Rainbow Dash. I wonder if the candy and toy aisles in stores are ever get completely dry of tears?