Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"E-Votional" from Ed Young

My Husband gets Daily "E-Votionals" From Ed Young and he thought this one was very interesting. I have to agree with him. I guess we've all been in a place like this before but I feel like God has laid it on my heart to share. Life is really so short and yet, it can change in an instant. We may not have tomorrow to say what we wished we had said today...

"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

So often we equate anger with sin. And as we look at this verse, we
might assume that Paul is telling us to avoid sin. But anger itself is
not sin. Righteous anger, in fact, has a place in the Christian life.

The key is not allowing your anger to cross the line. Keep your anger on
the right side of the fence by not allowing yourself to gossip about the
situation you're angry about. Stop talking about it to everyone except
the person you are angry with. Also make sure you don't obsess about it
in your mind. It's so easy for anger to take root in our hearts and
fester, causing more damage than the initial act that made us angry in
the first place.

Follow the advice from the Scripture and do not let the sun go down on
your anger. Speak with the person or people involved and rationally talk
it out. Even if you can't find common ground, it is better to amicably
agree to disagree, than to let the evil one use your anger to damage a
relationship that could be used by God.

A Prayer for Today

Dear God, I know that there will be times in life when I am talking with
someone I completely disagree with. During those times, help me to
remain calm. And if I do become angry, help me to not hold on to that
anger but instead resolve it as quickly as possible, so that I can
continue to bring honor to you in all that I do. In Christ's name I
pray, Amen.

Ed & Lisa Young

Next Steps

* Take an inventory of your heart and mind, identifying any
unresolved issues.
* Pray for the opportunity to calmly talk about it with those
* Ask God to help you better manage and resolve your anger.

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