Words from the Heart for Tuesday September 28th, 2021
And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry.
Ephesians 4:26 (NLT)
Controlled by Anger
According to a report in the Globe and Mail this past June, housing prices are soaring and almost everyone is angry about it in some way. Millennials and members of Gen Y are upset because they really want to own houses and see affordability permanently slipping away. Older generations are lashing out at the mere musing about cooling housing prices with higher taxes of various types. There’s criticism of various levels of government, of the Bank of Canada, of real estate agents, developers and landlords.
We are all controlled by something or someone. We like to think that we are completely free, but in the quiet moments of reflection, we realize that so much of who we are and how we act is based on our past – our DNA, our natural abilities, our experiences, good and bad. We can’t help all of this, but we do have the power to decide what we allow to control us. Ephesians 4:26 says “And ‘don’t sin by letting anger control you.’ Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry.” All of us know people who are controlled by anger. When we are around them we feel like we are walking on egg shells, afraid that the smallest things we do or say will result in ending up being on the receiving end of their anger. Maybe you are the one who is doing the lashing out, and you feel horrible every time it happens. What can you do about it? Paul gives some good advice here – don’t let the sun go down on your anger. If you have lashed out at someone, immediately seek their forgiveness. You will soon find that you need to do so less often.
These have been words from the heart.