“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)
There is an old saying, “Some things just aren’t a hill worth dying on.” While this is a wise saying because it encourages you not to argue about every little thing, this saying can also be used as an excuse not to address your anger. I know confrontation can be difficult for some people. However, these people need to settle their anger in a timely manner.
Paul makes it very clear in the book of Ephesians that we should handle our anger quickly, so that our anger doesn’t continue into the following day. He says, 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)
If you let your anger smolder, it will create problems. Passive-aggressive behavior typically bubbles up in relationships as a result of anger that remains unaddressed. If you refuse to deal with an issue and choose to suppress it, this issue will grow larger when the next issue comes up.
In another one of his New Testament writings, Paul talks about anger in relation to love. He says, [Love] is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (1 Corinthians 13:5) In other words, Paul is saying that if we are loving one another as Jesus commands, we must settle our anger quickly, instead of keeping a record of how someone has angered us in the past. Not allowing the sun to go down on your anger is one of the best ways you can love someone else. The next time you experience anger, I pray you will remember Paul’s words and address your anger quickly and lovingly.