When Home Feels Like A Battleship

Eccl. 7:1-9

On Sunday mornings, we have been using the theme, 'Games People Play' to look at some important truths from the Scripture. To help us remember these truths we have compared them games that most of us played as we were growing up. We looked at LIFE and learned that we need to have THE life, which only comes through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Before that we talked about the importance of giving Jesus the MONOPOLY of our lives.

This morning we want to look at what we should do when the homes feels like a BATTLESHIP! You remember the game of BATTLESHIP don't you? It is where we fire away at our opponent in hopes that we will hit one of their ships. If we hit them enough, we can sink them! When we have sunk all of their ships, then we win!

Does that describe your home environment at times? I'm not talking about abusive situations, because we all know that isn't right…but I am talking about the conflict and friction that comes into the household from time to time. Don't raise your hands, but how many feel like they were shot at this morning? How about this? How many took a few shots of their own before coming to church today?

Why do we do it? It is our nature to want to retaliate when someone attacks us. The result is often a battle that leaves both sides bloodied and exhausted.

But Pastor, you don't know what it is like to live in my house…it really is a war zone! I believe you, but it doesn't have to be that way! We don't have to continue to play that game! If we will learn how to deal with anger properly!

Jas 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? James makes it clear to us that the source of these battles is from within! It isn't because of finances, personalities, children, or pressures at work! It is because of sin! Yes, 'anger' is a sin! [Cf. Ec. 7:9] But here is the good news! God has an answer to sin! Before we get there, let's discuss the problem of anger.

I. How Anger Gets Started.

II. Why Anger Causes Damage

III. How to Properly Handle Anger

Has God spoken to your heart this morning? Is this something that is making your home feel like a BATTLESHIP? There is no reason to let things continue like this.

If you are not a Christian, I invite you to come today and trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Give Him the MONOPOLY in your life and receive eternal LIFE that only comes by a personal relationship with Him. Come today and be born again!

Christian, have you made excuses for the sin of anger in your life? Let's be honest with God this morning. Realize the damage that is being done to those around us because of our uncontrolled anger. Come today and surrender it all to Christ. Take the necessary steps of action to make the change and become like Christ.