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 “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.

5 Comments

  1. Kelly on September 2, 2021 at 5:58 am

    This is a test for me… I try

  2. Susette Loughney on September 2, 2021 at 7:34 am

    I am angry and hurt a lot of some things that happened to me I asked Jesus to take it away but I guess I’m not listening to do that but I am very hurt and I have a hard time letting that go so this one is for me I’m going to have to really work at it.

  3. James W Howell on September 2, 2021 at 11:13 am

    It is a Mistake to take your anger to bed with you. I makes for a bad night of rest. Get over yourself and Give it to The Lord ! Practice what I say ( note to myself )

  4. Jennifer M. Quinn on September 2, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    I also have an obvious problem with keeping records of wrongs.
    Whenever it is mentioned , I remember what he or she did, and it upsets me all over again. Then I get over it. It is that kind of crazy cycle, and I do not like it.
    Please pray for me. Thank you!!!

  5. Sue on September 3, 2021 at 10:30 am

    I pray all the time for Jesus to go to God with this and to intercede on my behalf. I struggle with believing that God loves me enough to want to help me as the more I pray for God to intercede, the further away He stays. I don’t think I know what to believe anymore. I just need to know that God is here beside me. I can’t do this alone anymore and the closer I try to get to God, I feel Him pulling way. It’s been seven years of severe health issues and I constantly pray for God to intervene. Maybe I need to face facts that I am not worth it to God and that I’ve run out of lives and God has more important people to help.

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