Ephesians 4:26-27(NKJV) 26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.
Have you ever been angry with someone so that it effects your relationship to the point that you don’t speak to them for years? Or done something in your anger that you’re sorry for?
God’s instruction about anger is to save you from being overwhelmed with wrath. Anger only eats at you and makes you bitter inside. You also give the devil a foothold to cause more havoc in your life.
Also, with bitterness, you are not an effective witness for Christ. You are not exemplifying the fruits of the Spirit. You are harming yourself in many ways.
Forgive the way you want God to forgive you. God doesn’t bring your past mistakes up to you. He forgives and forgets. Forgetting doesn’t mean that you don’t remember … our minds don’t work that way … it means that you don’t keep bringing it up to the person that wronged you.
Anger is an emotion, but it’s also a choice. You can choose to stay angry or let it go. In not letting the sun go down upon your wrath, you are making a decision to forgive.
For your sake and others do not let anger fester.
Before we read the below scripture, let’s look at the word redemption:
Some definitions of Redeem: (Merriam-Webster) a. to buy back, repurchase. b. to get or win back.
Ephesians 1:7 (KJV) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Wow! Did you just read the scripture above? Can you imagine anyone, after knowing all the sins you’ll ever commit in your entire lifetime, redeeming you by shedding his own blood and dying for your sake?
Not only does Christ buy us back, through him our sins are forgiven. That means we are no longer subject to the punishment for our sins … past, present or future. Jesus has already dealt with that and taken the punishment on himself.
So, if we fall & commit a sin, the remedy for forgiveness is already in place:
1John 1:9 (KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Redemption is for those who have confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior. If you’re not saved, you can still be saved by confessing that you are a sinner, asking for forgiveness, accepting that Jesus died on the cross and rose again and asking him into your life.
Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, so that you to can be redeemed.
So you’re on a diet and you go to the supermarket and pick up groceries for the week and you try to pass the cookie aisle, but they’re calling to you. You say to yourself, “what’s one cookie going to hurt?” and you put them in your cart. Several aisles later you feel guilty and decide that you’re not going to get them after all. Oh, but you don’t feel like walking back 3 or 4 aisles. ‘I’ll just place it here by the aspirin; someone who works here will see it and put it back where it belongs,’ you convince yourself.
You’re in the office and your children need school supplies, but why should you have to pay for them when your office has plenty of what you’ll need? You decide that you’ll only take the bare minimum, so you only take two of everything (pencils, pens, notebooks and tape). There, you think, no one will miss them. They have plenty of everything.
You say you really love your spouse and you tell them that all the time, but you are sleeping with another person behind their back.
So what’s the problem? It’s just a few things I’m taking; they can afford it, or I’m not taking anything, just leaving it out of place or I just need something that my spouse isn’t giving me.
The problem is that you’re not living a lifestyle that honors God. You are acting out of the character that God wants for you. Even if, to you, it’s just a small infraction, it’s still not the right thing to do.
Philippians 1:27 (NIV) Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.
It’s what you do when people aren’t looking that speaks about your character.
Pride Turned Inside
Why is it that depression can take over in a millisecond? We don’t get our way or someone doesn’t pay us the attention we think we deserve and our reservoir of self-esteem takes a nosedive.
How is it that we can have Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and still have low self-esteem? Are we not doing something right? It might be that people made fun of you when you were a kid or even as an adult and made you feel low, but you have to try to get over that. Climb out of that pit that you want to hide in.
I’ve heard it said that low self-esteem is pride turned inward. Well I guess thinking about yourself all the time is pride no matter if you are puffed up by the attention or disappointed from lack of it. So how can we get over the pride that turns inward (depression, low self esteem)?
Here are some Bible verses that may help:
Genesis 1:27 (ESV) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Luke 12:7 (ESV) Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Philippians 4:13 (ESV) I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Psalm 139:14 (ESV) I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
Those are just a few verses. Encourage yourself. Look up more verses and make them a part of you. Meditate on them and try to remember how much God loves you. After all, you don’t send your son to die for someone who is not worth it.
John 3:16-17 (ESV) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.