“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil,” Ephesians 4:26
I had the weirdest thing happen to me the other night. I was making what I call a “cheat dinner.” Something that is incredibly easy and fast because my day was just that kind of day. On this “cheat dinner” night I decided to make buffalo wings and fries (with no complaints from my family, obviously). After cooking the little wing portions in the oven and heating the sauce, I combined them together in a bowl and mixed them with a spoon.
I left the wings to the side to cool off a bit while I got some other work done. I came back a few minutes later, put the lid on the bowl to give them a good shake so that the sauce could coat them more evenly. After putting the lid on, I flipped the bowl upside down to proceed with the shake when all of a sudden: POP! SPIT! SPATTER! Apparently, the wings had not cooled enough and the built up steam caused the sauce to blow up all over me. It was so not funny, even though my kids got a good laugh from it. My hair, my face, and my floor showed evidence of what can happen when there is too much pressure in the bowl.
With that being said I must ask, “How much pressure is in your bowl today?” Are you dealing with a lot of pinned up steam? Do you feel like you are ready to blow?
Don’t blow your top!
Anger is one of those emotions that can really get the best of you if you let it. It can seep into every area of your life making you and those around you miserable. Anger also does another devastating thing. It gives “place to the devil.” Anger is an opened door that gives that old serpent an opportunity to manipulate you, pulling your strings as if you were some sort of marionette puppet.
That’s why the Bible encourages us to “let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” Resolving issues and not letting them fester closes the door so that the enemy can’t sneak in. Think about how much better we would feel to lie down in peace at night without those tumultuous thoughts running rampant in our heads.
Jesus admonished us to “First be reconciled to your brother . . .,” (Matthew 5:24). Reconciliation brings healing and healing brings peace and peace slams the door on the devil’s face. The best way to stop letting someone in is to shut the door they keep using.
Isaiah 32:17 tells us, “And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurances for ever.” If you are in Christ you are righteous, (2 Cor. 5:21). Therefore, your works should be works of peace, and to that end, bringing “quietness and assurances.”
Isaiah 32:18 goes on to say, “And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” Who doesn’t want their home and their life described like this? There’s no magic method here. Just seek reconciliation. Don’t blow your top or you will end up with that hot sauce of life all over you. Go after the work of righteousness and there “shall be peace.”
Follow Paul’s advice about not letting the sun go down on your anger so that you can wake up to a home and a life filled with peace.
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