Ephesians 4: 26
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
We have all been angry and sometimes we either intentionally or unintentionally hold onto that anger far too long.
The author is telling us that although we may be angry, we cannot let it fester. If we don’t work the anger out, then we are letting in the sin. We are allowing the enemy to have a place within us.
The longer we hold onto anger, the more it grows and with that, we allow Satan and his host to work in us with free reign.
By using the author’s example time line, he is suggesting that our wrath must be worked out and dissipated before the end of each day. When the anger is dealt with and truly put in its place within this time frame, there is no foothold for the enemy to latch upon.
Thank you Lord for being such an amazing God. In you I can always find a way to deal with every situation I am faced with, including anger.
Sometimes Lord, I want to hold onto the anger. I’ve been hurt in such a way that the anger is the only thing that keeps me going.
I know that holding it is exactly what the enemy wants. I know Satan is using it to keep my mind occupied. I know better Lord, but he gets in right away, before I have a chance to make the proper and right choices.
Please always help me to see that this is a huge lie from Satan. He jumps in immediately and builds on my feelings. I can feel my heart begin to race, my thoughts run rampant and my blood pressure rises. The enemy is using my hurt and building on it. It’s his main job to keep me from finding a more peaceful way to work out the situation. He does not want me to have the opportunity to call out to you Lord, so he comes in very quickly and in full force.
The enemy knows that when I turn to you I can find true peace. Peace within and without. However, being deprived of you, my anger continues to grow and I will eventually be consumed with a vehement desire to keep the anger alive.
In these situations, I need your help Lord. Please come to my aid. Don’t allow my anger to grow. Help me to forgive immediately (or ask for forgiveness immediately) because with forgiveness, understanding and love, you can help me to let go of the anger before it consumes me.
There is another way the enemy gets a foothold. Sometimes I may believe that I have let go of the anger, but if truthful, I may only show peace on the outside but the anger has actually begun the process of burrowing inside of me.
Help me Lord to find the true peace, the inner peace, the peace that passes understanding. In you, I can find peace, love and forgiveness, in a situation where peace usually can’t be found.
You have so many wonderful attributes that I can cling to while working at letting go of my anger.
Father, you are my peace. The Lord that gives peace, the Lord who brings peace, the Lord who is my peace.
Jehovah-Rapha , which means “the LORD who heals, the LORD who is able to bind up the broken-hearted and the LORD who is able to heal the wounds.”
I am thankful Jehovah-Rapha that you are my Lord.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray,