26 “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”
Ephesians 4: 26-31
In those short and uncontrollable moments, how do we do that? If anger, even in private is so bad, how do we not lash out with our tongues, yelling something horrible, and hitting something to help release our tension? What can we do, in that moment, to not sin? I’m sure if we ask God, He will give us a hint.
First off, God says, in the first of the passage above, “In your anger do not sin, do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foot hold.” A person can be angry, but the sin that comes out of a person’s mouth while in that moment, are the devil’s play things. The person has fallen into the devil’s trap, and if they do not get a hold of themselves, then the devil has just gotten his way with them. God does not mind if they are angry, He minds if a person sins while they are angry. He just wants to warn people, that simply by sinning while a person is angry, they are doing nothing but making the situation worse for them self.
Let us put this in perspective. I have a problem with anger and sinning, and I was not always like this. Ever since I became a new mom, my sleep schedule has gone to trash, and I was never really a morning person as it was. Now, if my husband does not get up to retrieve our crying son, I have to, and he does not just wake up when everybody is ready to wake-up. No, he wakes us up out of mid-sleep, morning after morning. This gets very frustrating after a while, and while I can’t see past the end of my nose in the morning, I have to get my half-asleep self up out of bed, and feed my son. Sometimes, I say things I shouldn’t, and my husband calls me out on it, even though I do not mean a word of it, but mostly I just complain about him waking up in the morning, and I shouldn’t. My son is a blessing, and I’m being nothing but selfish, and ungrateful for the true blessing God gave me. God gave us our son when my husband and I were having problems during our engagement. It was God who got us through the tough times, and gave us the glue to hold us together. I should be praising God every morning for how many times and all the ways he saved my relationship with my husband. We had broken up many times before he asked me for my hand. Sinning while angry does nothing but bring about fights, misery, guilt, and more sin. I bet you never knew a little bad word could lead to so much horrible, horrible stuff.
How do we work past this? One could start with taking a breath before the bad words fall out. However, the only thing we can really do is to prepare ourselves for the next time we get angry, is to hang out with God. Asking God to change our hearts and studying His word, are our tools for the next time anger arises in us.
“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the Devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6: 10 – 12
So, what is the armor of God?
“14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place…”
When talking with one another, do not lie or deceive or trick the person. This only causes the person to not trust you, especially if the lie is learned of. Always remember that you are God’s child, and that He will take care of it if you trust Him.
“ 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”
Take comfort in knowing that God knows all, sees everything, and is everywhere. He knows what His plans are for you. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, mind, and soul. He will never give you more than you can handle.
“16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
Know that God is fighting right there along side of you. He will never leave you in a fight, and, sometimes, He will even carry you through.
“17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6: 14 – 17
If you have given your life to Jesus, God already has great plans for you on Earth and in heaven. Pray that God’s words will speak through you, and pray that you will trust The Word as your guide in any argument.
There seems to be a lot of trusting going on here. Sometimes, it is very difficult to give up complete control and allow God to be God. But, I promise you that His Blessings are greater than what you can see right now. I know it has to be true, because we are down sizing, and starting on a five year plan, before we can take the next step, and God can bless us for our future plans.
I pray that we can trust in God, no matter what, and give up control, so that He can bless us. In Jesus name, Amen.
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