Let Not the SUN Go Down on Your ANGER
Ephesians 4:26 - Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
This is a favorite scripture of most preachers to warn the people from getting angry. What I found amusing is that most preach about not sleeping with our anger, for it works on us in the night when we are asleep! As if in the day when we are awake our anger does not work on us?
Just yesterday I heard a preacher say if you get angry in the morning you have the whole day to get over it, but if you get angry in the night like 11:30pm, you need a lot of maturity to get over it!
I would say Woe to those people who get angry in the nights!
My dear bothers and sisters in Christ if you understand anger and what Paul meant by this scripture, you will be more cautious with anger.
Firstly anger is not wrong for Paul too gives permission to get angry 'Be you angry', but warns that anger clouds our vision and distorts our mind and can lead us to sin. Even God got angry, so did Jesus, but although in anger both did not sin. Though in anger They did things which They would not have liked to do.
We are not perfect like God or Jesus, why let anger cloud our minds and haze our decisions. It is the same as we are being under the influence of temptation. Even Jesus prayed and gave us the prayer 'Our Father' in which we ask the LORD to keep us from temptation. Like temptation for anger too, we should prayer. Being angry is similar to calling temptation on one's self.
The 'sun' here is not the actual sun but symbolizes 'God's grace'. Paul tells us that like we need to have the grace of God to overcome temptation, similarly only by God's grace can we overcome anger. As long as God's grace is on us we have a chance to over come it or else we will fall into sin. Our sun can be for a few seconds, to many days or months, only God knows. So let's not take a chance on our anger and get rid of it immediately as long as our 'sun' is on us and not wait till night.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Father God, I prayer I have your peace in my heart always, that I do not allow situations around me to lead me to anger. Father God, keep me from this ball of fire called anger that I do not burn myself by sinning. Let your love flow like cool waters in me and extinguish this fire. I ask this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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