Google+ 06/03/13 Never Go To Bed Mad!

Ephesians 4:25-27

 

So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth,

For we are all parts of the same body.

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” 

Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry,

For anger gives a foothold to the devil.

 

Ephesians is a book of the Bible that I read a great deal.  Paul constantly needed to remind the Ephesians about the true message of God.  Remember that Ephesus was a major city in Asia Minor where much commerce was accomplished.  We assume that Paul was talking to all the churches in Asia Minor, but his major focus would have been Ephesus.  Today our Scripture lesson deals with one of the most controlling and destructive emotions that often creeps into our lives.  Paul admonishes the Ephesians to stop lying and tell the truth.  Not their truth, but God’s truth.  It is interesting that Paul deals with anger, immediately after telling all of us to stop lying.  There have been periods in my life where things happened to me that caused anger to get a foothold in my life.  It was not a pretty sight!  There is a reason why our world refers to it as “blind rage.”   There is no question that anger is a tool used by Satan.   When anger consumes us, our communication with God becomes blocked.  Anger is, in essence, the opposite of the Holy Spirit.  While the counsel that we can receive through God and the Holy Spirit is greatly positive and encouraging, anger promotes negative and destructive behavior through Satan.  Remember that Satan has no power over us that we do not give him.  That is why Paul warns us against anger getting a foothold in our lives.  Paul tells the Ephesians to not go to bed mad.  The reason for this is obvious.  If we allow that anger to fester all night long, we will wake up angry in the morning, if we actually get any sleep!  The well-published Christian author Zig Ziglar puts it this way: “Garbage in, Garbage out!”  There could not be a truer statement.  As we examine our lives today, let’s look for the signs of lingering anger.  As we find them, work to eliminate the cause, instead of trying to cover it up.  Anger will always show up at the worst times for each of us.  We never know what the trigger is but some of them can be fatigue, financial pressure, frustration, or a feeling of uselessness.  The Holy Spirit will cure all of these problems, but it is much easier said than done.  The first thing you must do to get rid of anger is to change the environment that caused it!  That is the hard part.  Once we begin this step and change the voices we are listening to, things become easier, but that first step is a doozy!!!   Listen to the Holy Spirit and control your environment.  Do what Paul says.  “Never Go To Bed Mad!”