Ephesians 4:25–32 (ESV)
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having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and
give no opportunity to the devil. 28 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. 29 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. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for
the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
as God in Christ forgave you.
I remember when I was going through premarital counseling with Pastor Walter Albers in Bellmead, TX, he gave me some really good
advice that I still try to maintain today. Not only was it good advice, but it was biblical too! The advice: “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to
the devil.” Don’t let anger get ahold of you, it is like cancer that will eat you up. This not only applies to friends, coworkers, etc… but even your spouse. There are only a couple of times that I stayed up all night anger
(both times with my wife), and it drove me crazy. One of those times she listened to what she was saying and what I was hearing and she clarified what she meant. It was a miscommunication, and I could have slept like a baby if I had only settled
the issue before going to bed. What was the issue? I don’t remember!
I pray: O Lord, help me to walk in your ways and to not let the
sun go down on my anger. Help me to be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave me. Amen.