With all of this talk about not living the same way after accepting Christ into our hearts, exactly how does a believer go about “putting on the new man” as described by Apostle Paul in Ephesians? Yesterday we addressed putting away a lying tongue. Of course, that is not all there is to learn on this matter. Our discussion continues! This brings us to our key text coming out of Ephesians 4:26 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath
The second step Apostle Paul addresses in terms of renewing the spirit of one’s mind is anger management. The first thing we should take note of is the fact that the Bible is not saying that anger in itself is wrong. It is perfectly permissible to feel the emotions God gives you. The key is to abstain from sinning when we are angry. Being upset does not give one the right to inflict physical, verbal, or emotional harm on another. If necessary, disengage from whatever the situation may be, and take time to recompose yourself before speaking or taking action.
Lastly, we should not hold on to anger. If someone upsets you in the midst of a day, find your way to forgiving them and letting go of whatever they did to wrong you. Sometimes, it is not any particular person who upsets us. On some days it just feels like nothing is going in our favor, and we become angry about that. The same applies here. Before the day is up, take joy and comfort in knowing that no matter what happens here on earth we get to spend eternity in heaven with Christ. No one and nothing can take away our salvation, and that is worth smiling about even if it feels like nothing else is going right.
Have a blessed day!
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