Words from the Heart for Tuesday September 27th, 2016

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” (Ps. 4:4) Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry.

Ephesians 4:26 (NLT)

Dealing with Anger Immediately

It can feel convenient to avoid resolving conflicts. But it does your soul no good. Is there someone you need to talk to, meet, or contact in order to resolve a difference. Take steps to contact them before the day is over.

Listen to Words from the Heart

Devotion

Canadian Volkswagen owners are upset and frustrated, hoping the company will make good on its promise to compensate them for emission-cheating vehicles with a settlement similar to the one reached earlier this summer with U.S. customers. U.S. owners of TDI diesel vehicles that were made between 2009 and 2014 learned in late June that Volkswagen will either buy back their cars at “”fair value,”” or will have the option of having them fixed. Car owners may also receive between $5,000 US and $10,000 US each in additional compensation. After the U.S. settlement was reached, Volkswagen Canada issued a statement that noted that “”settlement details coming out of the U.S. court proceeding may not apply to Canada.”” Canadians are still waiting and the longer they wait the angrier many are getting.

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One of the most natural human emotions is anger. It rises out of frustration or disappointment and it is at the root of much of the conflict that has plagued the world since sin entered into the human experience. Unfortunately, it has far too often been at the root of church conflict and has led to churches splitting and believers deeply hurt. God isn’t surprised by this and so gives some practical advice in Ephesians 4:26: “And ‘don’t sin by letting anger control you.’ Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry.” This wasn’t new advice in Paul’s day. In fact, the beginning of the verse is a quote from Psalm 4:4. God had always counseled His people to deal with anger quickly before it burst into flame and caused havoc among His people. So Paul counsels that followers of Jesus deal with the anger right away. Someone wisely said that the only thing you do when you sweep things under the carpet is get a bump in the carpet. Anger that is left not dealt with will become sin because it will cause relationships to be destroyed, between the angry person and God and the angry person and others. Paul counsels that the person who is angry needs to deal with the root cause of the anger before the sun goes down – in other words, right away. Is something causing you to be angry? Ask the Lord to help you deal with anger and bring peace to your heart and life.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley