Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
How many times do we choose stay mad at someone for a long time? How did it affect you? Did it do you any good?
Holding on to anger… will not only affect your relationships (yes with ‘s’ because anger tends to breed more anger and will in turn reach those who are not really involved in the first place) but it will also affect you!
Holding on to anger… makes you tired like you run a marathon. It makes you weak, emotional, and even sick. I know, I’ve been angry far too many times. From a simple spill of milk done by a hyper toddler to someone who has offended me greatly or has said hurtful words. We can never control how people react or what people will say but we can control how we respond to it.
Holding on to anger… produces more sins such as bitterness, strife, and jealousy.
Holding on to anger… reveals pride in your life. Pride is obviously one of the most subtle sins. You may never know you have it but it produces far too many consequences and begets more sins.
I’ve seen and heard of people who have chosen to hold on to anger. Some have not reconciled for years. It’s just sad to witness such things. If someone has offended you, pray to God for the strength to forgive. Yes, you don’t have to be connected with them again but you can clear your heart from anger when you choose to forgive. I know you will want that freedom from anger and I know that though you want it, pride can get in the way of forgiveness (admit it or not). But let me tell you something from my own experience: YOU. CAN. FORGIVE. BECAUSE. OF. JESUS. CHRIST.
Pray! Pray hard! Pray often! Only He can help you get through that.
And this isn’t a matter of whether they deserve it or not or if they asked for your forgiveness. This is a matter of your relationship with Christ and how that relationship takes first priority over all other relationships. God wants you to forgive as He has done so with you (a million times maybe).
Eph 4:32 KJV And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
I love the “put off-put on” principle in Ephesians 4, Paul mentioned how that being saved through Jesus Christ, we are now a new creature and therefore we are to put off our old nature and put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (v.24)
He goes on to list the things that we are to put away and then we get to verse 26. It says, you can be angry and not sin: don’t go to sleep angry!
Life is too short to hold on to anger because we never know what will happen tomorrow. We don’t want to regret not being able to forgive someone or not being able to reconcile. The grave can’t hear your forgiveness. Life is too short, my friend, and life is unpredictable. If we can, by God’s grace, don’t go to sleep angry. Forgive. Reconcile.
I promise, you will never regret it.