Study 6 (Chapters 14-16)
Impatience, Irritability, Anger.
- Impatience is not always sinful if it is directed towards our own sinfulness and slow progress or growth in the Christian life.
- Impatience often is accompanied by frustration and anger. When we are tempted to be or are getting impatient we should try to acknowledge God’s sovereignty, after all he governs all things, and ask his help. Remember he is not soon angry (Psalm 145:8), an elder is to be one who is not soon angry (Titus 1:7) and LOVE is patient (Eccles. 7:9, I Cor. 13:4).
- We believe our wills being crossed lie at the root of irritability.
- Anger is often expressed in our homes and family when we bicker or attempt to belittle or disparage someone we love.
- Righteous anger (God’s and Christ’s) is directed against sin and sinful attitudes e.g. all idolatry in the Old Testament (Deut. 29:20 c.f. Paul in Athens Acts 17:16, Psalm 7:11), in chastening his people (Psalm 74:1, Heb.12:6-7) even David against himself when confronted by Nathan, followed by repentance. Christ expressed righteous anger when he saw the unmerciful, legalistic attitude of the Pharisees as he was about to cure the man with the withered hand (Luke 3:1-6) and likewise when he cleansed the temple of corrupting merchants. Contrariwise unrighteous anger was seen in Cain who was jealous and self-righteous, Jonah who pitied only himself when the gourd withered (Jonah 4:4) and Simeon and Judah who slew the men of Shechem (Gen.49:7).
- If people make us angry we must ask ourselves whether their action is firstly deliberate and whether it is objectively wrong or sinful, and not trivial, and if it is, to reason with them and admonish them. It may be right to just ignore the insult. Remember a soft answer turns away wrath (don’t retaliate). Remember Christ did not revile (I Peter 2:24).
- The real causes of our impatience, irritability and anger are usually our own pride (we are made to look bad) or our selfish will (we cannot get our own way).
- We ought to put other’s desires first and fight to kill this sinful attitude.
Respectable Sins study 7
Chapters (17 and 19)
Judgmentalism and the sins of the tongue Scheduled Dec.19th 8pm
Please read the booklet “Judging” by Rev. Doug Kuiper which is fundamental to this topic!http://www.cprf.co.uk/pamphlets/judging.htm#.VlsKK_0nzF8
Notes from it: This thinking that we may not judge the actions and beliefs of others is the spirit of the age. It is also wrong. In an attempt to counter this way of thinking, the Evangelism Society of Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church publishes this pamphlet, with the desire that God be glorified and His saints encouraged to judge properly. Our prayer for the reader is that of Paul for the Philippians: “that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense until the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11).
Because we do not know the hearts of others, we must not judge secret motives (I Cor. 4:5). God will judge these.
We are also forbidden to judge others in things indifferent (Rom. 14).
One aspect of the work of a king is to judge, both within and without his kingdom. Within, he judges whether or not his subjects have obeyed his laws. Without, he judges (discerns) who is the enemy, and fights the enemy. So the Christian, as king, judges sin within himself as well as outside himself to be sin, and fights against sin and Satan.
What incentive do we have to judge?
The chief incentive is our love for God. In love for Him we must defend His Word and law. To fail to judge sin is to condone sin. But God does not condone sin; rather, He hates it! To condone abortion, homosexuality, and false teaching is to deny the Word of God and show hatred for God Himself.
Second, and related to the first, is the fact that we will stand in judgment. God will judge us according to our works, whether they be good or evil. To judge evil to be good in this life will surely bring upon us His judgment of condemnation and everlasting destruction. To judge evil to be evil will bring upon us His judgment of innocence and everlasting life—not because we have earned it by our good judgment, but because our good judgment is evidence that His Spirit works in us all the blessings of salvation, one of which is the privilege of testifying to the truth.
Third, we are motivated to judge by our desire for the salvation of our neighbour. We desire his repentance! We desire his submission to the will of God! We desire his speaking the truth as God revealed it! So we judge his sin as sin that he might repent. Paul instructs us regarding this, when he says that the goal which the Corinthians must desire in excluding the fornicator from their fellowship is the salvation of his spirit in the day of Christ (I Cor. 5:5).
- Why do so many quote Matthew 7:1 wrongly?
2. How do we apply John 7:24?
3. What should we judge?
4. What happens if we and the church does not do this?
5. How do we Biblically judge in our fellowship with other believers? (Rom.1:24-32, Gal.5:19-21, II Tim.3:1-5, Matthew 18, James 5:20)
6. So what is judgmentalism? (think legalism).
7. What was Paul’s position concerning the personal convictions in Romans 14?
8. How do we apply Eph.4:29?
- What are some of the sins of the tongue and how do we guard against them?