“’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.”
Some people believe that having anger of any kind is bad. But, it is one of the emotions God equipped us with. All of us, though, have experienced anger used in the wrong way. Either we ourselves have misdirected it, or we have received it from someone else. In both cases, anger has done damage.
This can be one of the enemy’s most effective schemes if we let it.
The Apostle Paul lays some helpful ground rules here for expressing anger. He doesn’t say never get angry. But He does caution us to use anger for positive change, not destructive purposes. And, once we let our anger out, we need to let it go. For when we hold onto anger it eventually becomes bitterness and resentment, and the enemy rears his head again.
The lesson sounds reasonable, but it can be tricky to apply. It’s not something we can do on our own. It takes prayer and persistence to learn how to manage anger in a righteous way, but God will teach us through his Word and the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
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