“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” (Ephesians 4:26-27).
The first thing I want you to see about the verse of the day is that you can be angry and be a Christian. There are times when anger is quite appropriate. When you see injustice, holiness being mocked, evil it would be wrong not to be angry.
It’s quite possible to be holy and angry. That’s why God tells us not to sin in our anger.
How do we do that? God tells us, “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” What God is saying, is that instead of letting anger simmer, go to God in prayer and give it to him. Let God deal with your angst and anger. Give it to him. Don’t hold on to your anger. Your anger will do you no good as it simmers inside you. Let it go.
After you’ve given your anger to God, do everything you can to reconcile. If you were wrong, admit it and apologize.
When we hold on to our anger, not only is that unhealthy, but it gives the devil a powerful foothold in our lives. The thing about footholds is that they are almost impossible to dislodge. Don’t give the devil this opportunity.
When angry, go to God in prayer and give God your anger. Then seek reconciliation.
Epictetus was a Greek philosopher from around two thousand years ago. He wrote:
If someone tried to take control of your body and make you a slave, you would fight for freedom. Yet, how easily you hand over your mind to anyone who insults you. When you dwell on their words, and let them dominate your thoughts, you make them your master.
Epictetus is right. You would fight to the death if someone tried to enslave your body. Yet we give our minds over to others all the time. Take back control of your mind. Take control of your peace.
Give your anger to God in prayer. Seek reconciliation.