“In your anger do not sin” :Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” Ephesians 4:26
Everyone gets angry, but it’s what we do with that anger that makes all the difference. The Lord says in His word that we should not sin in our anger. But we often do I find. We hold on to it instead of processing it and understanding why we are mad. When we do this it only makes things worse of us and others around us.
I looked up this verse in my Life Application Study Bible and it has this to say about verses 26-27.
“the Bible doesn’t tell us that we shouldn’t feel angry, but it points out that it is important to handle our anger properly. If vented thoughtlessly, anger can hurt others and destroy relationships. If bottled up inside, it can cause us to become bitter and destroy us from within. Paul tells us to deal with our anger immediately in a way that builds relationships rather than destroys them. If we nurse our anger, we will give satan an opportunity to divide us…”
There is a reason that God tells us not to go to bed angry. When we sleep we process all that has happen during the day. The most likely thing to happen when you wake up after going to sleep angry is that you will be even more angry when you think about it the next day. I think that alone is enough reason to practice letting go of the anger before going to sleep.
If you are like me you may have trouble letting things go. If you are feeling almost like you just don’t know how to. That is ok because God is here with you to help you with that. I learned that everything thing we think and do is a choice. You choose to hold on or let go. So when you are angry you have to choose to let it go. If you are not used to doing this you will have to really practice letting go of the hurt or whatever is causing the anger. All anger has a root that causes it too sprout. It can be hurt, jealousy, fear, and even loneliness. Ask the Lord to help you find the root of your anger. Once you do He will help you start to let go and find happiness in Him again.