Ephesians 4:26 states that in your anger, do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. (NIV). I know it is not KJV but the NIV makes the point clearer. (Put your stones back in your pocket)
How many times have you gone to sleep with someone on your heart? I know it can be hard sometimes to let things go. “She said something about me”, “he’s a jerk”. “Someone did me wrong”. I totally get it because we are naturally inclined to hold grudges. But at some point we have to sit and think is it really worth it? You have to wonder in the end who is really being hurt by all of this. Many times the person who you have beef with, isn’t even thinking about you. So you’re all wound up for nothing.
The bible says “do not let the sun go down while you’re still angry”… I would imagine this was said for our own good. Forget the fact that you can make yourself sick by holding on to grudges, but what about your soul? If I go to sleep angry with someone and I die, what then? Is that chick or dude worth losing eternal life?
I don’t think we really sit down and think about these things… How the little things will keep us from the gates. I know it is something I have to work on. No one likes to be made the fool. But sometimes maybe it is better to take the “L” than to lose your soul…
As a child I used to keep everything in. If I was wronged I kept it in. Sure I would tell you about yourself, but I would never forget. The anger would never go away. But as I got older, my approach has changed. Now I am what you call an “addresser”. Depending on who you ask this may be a good or bad thing. But I do not like to go to sleep angry or “disturbed”. I have come to hate “lingering issues”. If you do something I am not quite pleased with, I will address you about it. Some may find this annoying, but if it’s that bad than stop doing things that will call for me to address you.
I know I make it sound so simple. Well the answer is simple. The task may not be easy, but it’s all about the end result. I don’t understand why people like to live in a state of confusion and uncertainty… If something is wrong address it. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Nothing good will come of it… I am no expert but I do know how to read and you can’t get any clearer than that.
This was a public service announcement.
4 thoughts on “Letting Go is Good for the Soul…”
Great post Madame Esquire!
This topic can never receive enough emphasis. I would go on to say that we should not view those who we have done us wrong or have issues with as rejects and “cast-aways.” Rather, we should pray for a heart that loves those people and wish their salvation.
At the core of our problem with handling hurt from others is our sinful nature’s refusal to except the Jesus model, which is love your enemies. The more we open the door to the love of Jesus, the more we march towards a state-of-mind that is equivalent to the one He had on the cross when He prayed “father, forgive them.”
If the sun goes down on our anger there is nothing that guarantees we will wake up tomorrow. Rather, we might wake up at the resurrection with that anger still in us.
Excellent job once again, and you do know how to read well 🙂
Thanks Jerry. Great addition. Many times we do see these people as rejects. Praying for those who have done you wrong is very key! This may even be the way to softening their hearts and bringing them to christ. Many times it is our reaction these people are waiting to see
Great message…something I think we all have to work on and yeah I like KJV…but who told you I got stones in my pocket…lolz
LOL Idk I took a wild guess…