Wednesday, August 12, 2009

DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN -- Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV

DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN -- Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV
What amazing truth this post holds for each of us, especially me, as I have recently gone to bed angry and did not sleep at all well! To read the entire post go here:
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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.

How many times have you gone to bed angry with someone? What was the result? If you're a normal person, the first thing that happened was that you did not get a good night's sleep. Your anger was so great, you probably laid in bed thinking of all the things you wanted to say to that person, perhaps even dreaming of doing something to get back at that person for what he or she did that made you so angry. Then, because your mind and emotions were disturbed, you did not sleep restfully, perhaps dreaming or perhaps waking several times, unable to completely relax.

The next thing that happened is contained in that final phrase of this scripture - you gave the devil a foothold in your relationship with this person. When a Christian is involved in any type of relationship - marriage, dating, siblings, parent-child, business partners or co-workers - there is nothing the devil likes better than to have that Christian help him to drive a wedge into that relationship. The wedge created by anger can not only destroy the relationship, but it can destroy the Christian's walk with the Lord.

If you go to bed angry, that emotion doesn't go away by the next morning. It's like an ember left in the fireplace over night; a little fanning, a little more fuel, and it's a full-blown fire again. If a person is angry, he is unforgiving. And if he's unforgiving, he's not walking with Jesus. Until that anger is gone and forgiveness is given, that person is also not forgiven for his own sins… Jesus said, “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15 NIV)

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