Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. Ephesians 4: 26-27 NRSV
These verses were written for all of us. They address those who get angry quickly and let their emotions out. They address those who let their anger simmer for long periods of time.
For those who get angry and let it all out: Don't sin.
Sin includes saying hurtful things, acting violently, breaking the commandments just because you have let your emotions take over.
For those who let their anger simmer: Don't let the sun go down on your anger.
This includes dealing with your feelings and not letting them become either self-destructive or passively aggressive.
For everyone: Do not make room for the devil.
The devil can use explosive anger as well as simmering anger equally effectively.
It's okay to be angry. God just wants us to learn how to deal with it before the devil does.
God, help me to be angry but not to sin. God, help me not to let the sun go down on my anger. God, let me not make room for the devil. In your son's precious name I pray. Amen.
Question of the day: How can you avoid making room for the devil when you get angry?
Copyright 2009 Amelia G. Sims