I understand all to well what it feels like to be wronged. In some cases, the hurt from it lasts about as long as a stumped toe, but then there are others as if the stumped toe hit a group of nerves that rush through your body like an electrical shock. The later of these has a lasting affect, but either one, if left untreated, can result in additional, more long lasting effects.
This morning, I was reading from Ephesians 4. There is so much to glean from in this chapter, but the was one verse that stood out to me.
Epphesians 4:26-27 NIV
In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down still angry. And do not give the devil a foothold.
I must admit that I have been guilty of both. I have gone to bed angry and know what it’s like to wake up the next morning having done so. I also know what’s it’s like to be angry from the day but then seek reconciliation and resolution before going to sleep. Making things right before going to sleep really makes a difference. Your body experiences peace even if there is more to work to do.
It’s common that a husband and a wife have disagreements, but you must seek to work things out with them before you go to sleep, or, you will give the devil a foothold. I’ve gone to sleep angry, and the problem grew to be worse. Anger can always lead to more than what you bargained for. So we must seek reconciliation and talk things through with whomever you feel anger towards so that the anger doesn’t grow into bitterness. And let me just say, when there is anger, the devil sees it as an opportunity to infiltrate that area of your life.
I understand that there are some cases that for you to try to seek reconciliation, it may make matters worse. I am referring to bitterness between you and one or more people. It could be through a major offense and approaching this person(s) may be very difficult to do. We still have to make things right, and if we are unable to make things right with the person, we must make things right with God, as in every case. Seek God and ask him how the offense might better be resolved, and pray for the person(s) involved.
As Ephesians 4:32 NIV tells us
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
So, don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry. You will know the difference, and you will blessed that you did.
Go forth and be blessed, my friend.