Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,…
It is sinful when with —
1. The providence of God.
2. The laws of God.
3. The doctrines of the gospel.
4. The good we see in others.
5. Those who differ from us in religious sentiments.
7. Our reprover, wishing him evil.
8. When we use unlawful means to avenge ourselves.
(J. Beaumont, M. D.)
I. WHAT IS IT? A passion raised up in the mind against some present evil that cannot easily be removed.
II. WHETHER A MAN MAY BE EVER LAWFULLY ANGRY? Yes (Ephesians 4:26).
1. When it proceeds from a lawful cause (Mark 3:5).
2. When it is placed on a lawful object (Exodus 11:8; Exodus 32:19; Leviticus 10:16-17).
3. In a lawful manner (Matthew 8:22).
4. To a lawful end.
III. WHO SIN IN THEIR ANGER? Such as are angry —
1. Not so much at the offence as the offender.
2. At anything rather because it dishonours them than God.
3. Without a cause (Matthew 5:22).
4. Excessively, though in a good cause (Genesis 49:7).
5. And hateful.
6. And curse (Psalm 106:33).
7. And therefore indisposed to duties.
8. From sinful causes.
9. For a wrong end.
10. And continue long in their auger (Ephesians 4:26).
IV. MOTIVES AGAINST IT.
1. God forbids it (Ephesians 4:31; Colossians 3:8).
2. It disturbs soul and body.
3. It is not only a sin but a folly (Ecclesiastes 7:9; Proverbs 14:17, 29).
4. It may prove thy ruin.
5. It may keep thee out of heaven.
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