Mirrors: My Character Reflecting God's Character

Lesson #4: Slow to Anger

If you never struggle with anger, you can skip this lesson. For the rest of us, this topic is a great reminder for how our character can reflect God’s character. He is S-L-O-W to ANGER. What an astounding gift of mercy and grace!

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Lesson #4: Slow To Anger

If you never struggle with anger, you can skip this lesson. For the rest of us, this topic is a great reminder for how our character can reflect God’s character. He is S-L-O-W to ANGER. What an astounding gift of mercy and grace!

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Word

What Does The Bible Say?

The Theme Verse:  Exodus 34:6-7 – “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, SLOW TO ANGER, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty…”  

This Week’s Memory Verse:  

James 1:19b-20 – “Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” (ESV)

This Week’s Verse for Preschool Families:
James 1:19 “Be…slow to anger.”

Whispers

What Truth is God Speaking to Us?

God’s anger is slow, because He is merciful and gracious.

When our anger is slow, it gives us time to reflect God’s character of mercy and grace to others.

Welcome

What Can We Learn About This Truth?

This week we are going to talk about an ugly part of our lives: our anger. I remember the last time I got angry (‘fess up… your honesty about your sin will teach them how to be honest about their sin, too!) Sometimes my anger causes me to say and do things that I regret very much. This is true for all of us. Do you remember the last time you got really angry? What happened?

In this week’s study, we are going to discuss our anger and God’s anger. Did you know that, sometimes, God gets angry, too? However, God’s anger is very different from our anger. Listen to what He told Moses on Mount Sinai:

“The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, SLOW TO ANGER… ‘” Exodus 34:6 (ESV)

God said that He is merciful and gracious, and we have talked about how these two character traits are like best friends. Mercy stays seated in love instead of rising to judge, while grace rises up to give the gifts of love we don’t deserve. These are wonderful, amazing character traits that God has that we can reflect with our lives! Now we come to God’s next character trait: He said He is SLOW TO ANGER.

Truth is, God gets angry sometimes, but His anger never leads Him to lose control or to say or do things He regrets. God is SLOW TO ANGER, and He only gets angry about one thing:  sin. Sin is wrong, and sin should make everybody angry!

But, even against sin and evil, God does not explode. He is SLOW TO ANGER. His great mercy and grace put a leash on His anger, slowing it down. God’s slow anger gives us time to change and repent and turn from our sinful ways.  

If we are going to have character traits that are like mirrors reflecting God’s character, then we are going to learn to be SLOW TO ANGER, too.

Last lesson’s memory verse taught us that our speech should be gracious. When we “listen quick” and “speak slow,” we have more time to “season” our speech with gracious words and anger will not explode out of our mouths quite so easily. That is how we can be SLOW TO ANGER, reflecting God’s character through our lives.

Let’s memorize our new verse this week!

This week’s verse:

James 1:19-20 – “Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, SLOW TO ANGER, for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20 (ESV)

This Week’s Verse for Preschool Families:
James 1:19 “Be…slow to anger.”

Wonders

What Questions Do We Have About This?

– What makes you get angry? Describe a time when you were “fast to anger.” Did your anger cause good things or bad things?  

– Some people believe that God’s main character trait is that He is angry. What does the Bible say about this?

– What are some practical ways that we can become slow to anger? (think before we speak; listen more and talk less; take a few minutes to think through a situation before responding; count to ten before we react; breathe deeply when we feel our temperatures rise; pray and ask God for help, etc.)

Weavings

What Else Does the Bible Say About This?

Old Testament:  The prophet Jonah struggled with anger. God sent him to tell a very wicked city named Ninevah to repent. That assignment made Jonah so angry that he went in the opposite direction! You know what happened next: Jonah was swallowed by a whale!

Down in the whale’s belly, Jonah finally chose to repent for his own wickedness. The whale spit Jonah onto dry land, and Jonah got a second chance to go tell Ninevah God’s message. Do you know how Ninevah responded? They repented!

God was SLOW to ANGER with the people of Ninevah, giving them another chance to seek and follow Him. That should have made Jonah happy, right? Nope! Instead, it made him very angry, so angry that he: “prayed to the Lord and said…I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.’ And the Lord said, ‘Do you do well to be angry?’ (Jonah 4:1-4, italics added). Jonah was so angry about God’s slow anger that he asked God to kill him! That’s crazy!

Fortunately, God’s anger is slow toward all of us. He was slow to anger toward Ninevah and to Jonah, giving them both time to do what was right! God’s question to Jonah is a really good question for us to think about, too: “Do you do well to be angry?” Unless our answer to God is “yes,” then we’d better slow down our anger!  

New Testament: The Bible also teaches that, if we do get angry over what makes God angry, we must not let our anger become sin. Ephesians 4:26 says, “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.” This is a really good measuring stick for controlling our emotions. Our anger must, first, be about what makes God angry, and then it must be without sin. Our anger can only be good when it accomplishes righteousness like God’s anger does. And even then, our anger must not go past bedtime.

Walking

How Can We Live Out This Truth?

Let’s talk about what, according to the Bible, makes God angry. (Scripture is filled with references about what makes God angry. Here’s a few:  wickedness – Psalm 7:11; ungodliness – Romans 1:18; being against Him – Exodus 15:7; worshipping false gods – Jeremiah 32:29; abominations – Exekiel 7:8; sin – Isaiah 13:9; unrepentance – Romans 2:5; hurting children – 2 Kings 17:16-19; etc.).  

Our family is committed to having character that reflects God’s character. So, we want to make sure that we only get angry about what He gets angry about. The truth is, we get angry about a lot of other things. And when we get angry fast, we forget about being people who are MERCIFUL and GRACIOUS like we have recently learned. When we explode with anger, it’s like, instead of reflecting God’s character, we shatter the mirror. It’s hard to see His mercy and grace shining through us when we are fast to get angry.

So, let’s work on being S-L-O-W to ANGER. We talked earlier about some ways we can do this. Which one do you each want to work on? Let’s keep each other accountable for this. Okay?

Worship

How Shall We Respond To The Lord In This Truth?

Worship through Praise and Prayer:  Thank You God that You are SLOW in ANGER toward us when we sin. Thank You for giving us time and opportunity to turn to You. We are so grateful for that! Your Word says, “Good sense makes one slow to anger” (Prov. 19:11). We know that You are SLOW TO ANGER, so, please help us to have the good sense to be SLOW TO ANGER today, too. In Jesus’ Name, amen!

A Family Blessing

A Blessing from this Lesson to Speak over Your Children…

Lord God, help my child be a person whose first response is to be merciful and gracious and slow to anger, just like You. Help me to have these traits in our home, too! In Your Name, Amen!

Lord God, help my child be a person whose first response is to be merciful and gracious and slow to anger, just like You. Help me to have these traits in our home, too! In Your Name, Amen!

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