For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:20 ESV)
Everyone experiences anger. How can we deal with this emotion in a biblical way? In this selection of sermons, Alistair Begg reminds us that we have a new identity in Christ, who calls us to a different response when we are tempted to become angry.
Christians have a new identity in Christ that should be reflected in our lifestyle. Alistair Begg reminds us that walking in a manner worthy of the calling we have received involves speaking truthfully, distinguishing righteous from unrighteous anger, and working diligently in order to give generously. When the church cultivates this kind of lifestyle, it denies the devil a foothold in our lives and testifies to the power of the Gospel.
Jealousy that is not dealt with radically, immediately, and consistently can enslave us, with disastrous effects. Left unchecked, it can stunt spiritual growth, destroy relationships, and wreak havoc throughout an organization. Examining the features and consequences of jealousy, Alistair Begg explains that the cure begins by acknowledging its sinfulness and bringing it into the light of God’s presence. There, through our union with Christ, we find the power to reject the burden of jealousy and pursue genuine Christian growth.
It can be tempting to think that our obedience to God merits His favor and earns us His intervention. Alistair Begg points out, however, that the life of Joseph proves otherwise. For all his humility and faith in God’s care, Joseph received the displeasure of Potiphar’s wife and found himself tossed into the king’s prison. Nevertheless, he maintained a contrite and steadfast commitment to God. His faithfulness challenges us to love God with sincere hearts and a sure trust in His provision.
Ancient Ephesus was riddled with impurity, covetousness, and distorted sexuality. When the apostle Paul wrote to believers in the city, then, he encouraged them to be markedly different from the surrounding culture. Alistair Begg brings Paul’s exhortations into the twenty-first century, urging us to do likewise. Our lives are to reflect the love of God, doing to others what He has done for us in light of the cross, that they may in turn be drawn to Jesus Christ and believe.
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