The NLT version says:
“And don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry for anger gives a foothold to the devil”
Have you ever found yourself in that place where you have allowed anger to control you? I know I have, and today as I was reminded of this verse I found myself looking at my reflection in the light of these words and not liking what I saw….
I had a good reason to be angry. It was a work related issue and I had found out that someone had lied to me about something fairly significant.
Yet as the anger took hold and swirled around in my mind like a storm and I prepared to let rip, I heard that still, small voice gently remind me of the verse above and I stopped and took a deep breath….
In Ephesians 4:2 Paul says “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love”
In Colossians 3:12 –“Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience”.
As I considered these verses I saw my ‘sin’ rising ahead of me and how it shaped a platform on which the devil could truly stand. With my anger came pride, harshness/harsh words, arrogance and a selfish desire to be seen as being ‘the right one”, I was not about to be gentle, tenderhearted or demonstrate patience…I was angry, and had a right to be so!!!. Maybe so, but these were not the fruits of a reborn spirit being transformed into the likeness of God, (See Ephesians 4:23-24)
Imagine if Jesus had done that at the cross, imagine if He did it to me today…if He considered all my faults, my wrongdoings, my mistakes, if He chose to hold them against me, imagine if He turned from me or towards me in anger that I so richly deserved and let rip! It’s not as if I hadn’t given Him cause to be angry with me over and over again!!!
As I thought about this, I was humbled and in humility, I repented and chose to forgive. I listened to some worship music and praised instead of dwelling on my anger, I asked the Lord to help me let go. It was remarkable, I physically felt anger lose its hold on my heart and mind, I felt the peace of God that surpasses all peace return to my mind but also my body as my muscles relaxed and I am sure my Blood pressure dropped!
I felt the Holy Spirit rise within me as light flooded into my heart and mind, I felt the enemy flee from me blinded by the light of my Saviour!!! It was not by my power but in repenting and reaching out, He answered and showed me a different way..His way…
Yes, the issue is still there and I will mention it, but with a gentle, humble heart of one who knows I have been forgiven so much more. One who knows that I too have sinned again and again but
I have a Father who is compassionate and kind and has cast my sins away as far as the east is from the west…(Psalm 103:12). Who am I to hold onto my anger and give this heart purchased with such a high price, over to anger to control….??
Today dear brother or sister, do not let anger control you either. Whatever has happened, whatever has been done to you, remember who you are in Christ – a new man/woman being transformed into His very likeness.
In your anger do not sin, remember your new nature and be the Light that shines in the darkness. Choose Peace and forgiveness towards others as Jesus chose and still chooses every day towards you. Ask Him for help if it still feels so bad…He will help you move on, forgive, find another way. You will be rewarded by your Father who sees and knows all things…
Be blessed and may the peace of the Lord reign in your life today and every day in Jesus name. Amen