Scripture: Ephesians 4:25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not make room for the devil.
Observation: In this section of the letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul offers guidance as to how to live in Christian community. In these verses he specifically mentions the importance of being truthful to one another and the dangers of lingering anger.
Application: The verse about anger grabs me this morning. It seems that Paul acknowledges anger as a natural response to some situations. We all get angry from time to time. BUT then he writes “Be angry, but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger”.
The danger here is not that we get angry, but that we allow that anger to linger, to build, to fester in our hearts. For when we do, it tends to come out all at once – in a way that is destructive. Paul is encouraging us to resolve that anger – confront it, discuss it, give it to the Lord in prayer.
Makes me wonder where I might be harboring anger or resentment in my own heart.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we get sideways with others from time to time. We all get angry. Give us grace to release that anger in healthy ways so that we do not “make room for the devil” in our hearts. Amen.