Bitterness, wrath, and anger

 
  “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.”  Anger itself is not a sin.  But how we deal with our anger very often results in sin.  The Jewish day at this time began at sunset, so we could translate this to mean don’t let a new day start while you’re still angry.  I think this is more important though – the devil is the “Prince of Darkness”.  If we let the sun go down on our anger, or we go to bed angry, we are giving the devil the opportunity to come in like the thief he is and turn our anger in sinful, harmful ways.  “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.”   This is like our repenting and turning to Christ.  He turns from stealing, and now uses the hands he once stole with to do good, honest work, producing something valuable he can share with others and use for Gods work.  Also, if he is keeping his hands busy doing honest work, that will keep him from wanting to steal, right.  Idleness and boredom go hand in hand with theft.   “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”  That’s right, we are not to simply say what’s on our mind!!  If we are walking with Christ, what we say should build those we are speaking to up, not tear them down.  This one is tough!!  We are to show grace to those we are speaking to, even when they make us angry.  Does that mean we simply ignore the wrong someone else is doing?  No it does not.  But it does mean we need to choose our words carefully, and think BEFORE we speak.  We need to say it in a way that builds them up, that will make them better for us having spoken to them, instead of simply speaking in anger in tearing them down.  “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”  Bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander and malice are what happens when we allow our anger to turn to sin.  When we allow these things to come out in us, even though on the outside we have much force and energy, it really shows that we are passively submitting to our anger.  Controlling our anger takes a conscious effort on our part.  We can not submit to our anger and to Christ at the same time.  When we stay submitted to Christ through our angry moments, we can be kind and tender hearted, forgiving others as Christ forgave us…
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Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:25-32‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/eph.4.25-32.esv

John Lewis

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