“In your anger do not sin;” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:26-27)
I read of a person years ago, in their volatility yell out, “You have made me so think, I can’t mad straight!” Anger is a curious thing; it is not a sin. Remember that. Anger is not a sin. Instead, it is an emotion just like any other emotion you may have in your emotional make-up. You don’t have to confess the sin of anger when you feel it. Rather, you must confess the actions which follow the anger into the arena of sin.
That is why the Apostle Paul said, “In your anger, do not sin.” In other words, don’t allow your emotional state to justify saying or doing something which does not reflect the Lord we serve. You may not be able to avoid the emotion of anger, but you surely can choose to put your actions in neutral before driving on the wrong side of the road.
Trying to manage your emotions is a prime directive for every believer. Of all the emotions God has given us, it seems like anger has the ability to hang on a little longer than most. That’s why Paul says, “Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry.” We can choose to hold on to the feeling of anger, and we can also release it. It’s really up to us.
Maybe you are thinking, “I’ve got a good reason to hang on to my anger because of what I have experienced and witnessed.” Do you really? Aren’t you glad the Lord doesn’t treat you that way? I surely am. Anger often leads to bitterness and bitterness has the ability to sour your outlook on more than the original picture you were viewing. It’s been said, “Bitterness does more damage to the vessel in which it is stored than on the person on whom it is poured.” You just don’t want to go there.
If you stay long enough in the anger store, the Bible says you will be giving the devil a foothold. Oh, you don’t want any of the evil one’s tentacles close to you or your family! Anger, when left unresolved, opens the door for all kinds of evil thoughts and plans. How are you doing today in this arena? Are you mad at anyone? Are you frustrated because someone pulled into your lane of traffic and didn’t even have the courtesy to signal or wave “thank you?” When you get squeezed, and anger is your default emotion, immediately ask the Lord to give you the ability to just let it go!