“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” (Ephesians 4:26 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.)
We live in a hostile environment. Our world is full of angry people. A lot of resources are spent to help those who seem to be out of control learn how to manage their anger. Apparently this problem is as old as the Bible itself. Paul noticed the church at Ephesus needed help in this area when he wrote this passage in the Bible.
The root word for anger is thermo. Thermometers can get too hot. Anger is a passion we all are capable of. When we are done wrong our normal reaction is to step in and take care of the one who has wronged us. We must have the Spirit of God guiding us when it comes to anger. As human beings we are not able to handle it alone. Sometimes the best way to manage your anger is to simply walk away.
God keeps track of angry actions. Moses was not allowed to go to the Promised Land because of his smote the rock in anger. Moses allowed the people to get to him. I can’t hardly blame him, but God wasn’t pleased with his anger.
The last portion of this scripture is wonderful advice to all of us. “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath,” simply means don’t allow anger to fester which often happens when you don’t let it go.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I struggle in this area. Help me to learn to take everything to You in prayer. When I fall at your feet, I realize Your love causes me to understand my anger can be washed away with hot tears of repentance. Thanks for loving me! Amen!
Devotion by Kaye Singleton