Ephesians 4:26 …don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry

There will be many times in life that someone or something makes you very angry, but it’s how you deal with and express that anger that makes all the difference in the world. Answer this question for me: Do you really enjoy being angry? It sounds like a silly question, doesn’t it? I mean who enjoys being angry? But if we don’t enjoy being angry, then why do we spend so much time and energy being angry?

Sometimes we have such a struggle with letting go of our anger that we end up letting our bitterness and misery destroy our health and well being. The worst part is that…we do it to ourselves. It’s really crazy if you think about it; someone makes us angry, but by continuing to hold on to that anger, we often times hurt ourselves far worse than anything or anyone else did originally. By holding on to our anger we let the harm that an individual or individuals did to us continue to hurt us.

The Apostle Paul tells us to let go of our anger, and to not even let the sun go down before we do it. How do you let it go? Simple…it’s called forgiveness. It’s what Jesus did for you upon the cross he was crucified on and it’s what he continually does for us each time we turn our backs on him and follow our own selfish desires. Christ calls us to forgive the person or persons who make you angry not only for their sake, but, believe it or not, for your sake especially!

QUESTION 1. Are there people that you are harboring anger towards? What about and why are they making you so angry?
QUESTION 2. Regarding your answer to question 1, have you been enjoying the freedom that comes from releasing your anger to God and truly forgiving those who hurt you?
CHALLENGE: Let forgiveness reign in your life and hand your anger over to God. Live free and don’t let the sun go down today while you are still angry.
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