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A STORY FROM ALL FAITHS
SCRIPTURE VERSE OF THE DAY
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
sMESSAGE OF THE DAY
“In your anger do not sin”, that’s what it says in Ephesians 4:26. Easier said than done, as the old saying goes. There are many reasons we fight back in anger, we are hurt, we don’t like to be criticized, or we have been wronged (so we think). Or we are just plain frustrated and don’t know how to respond, so we lash back.
Usually, this anger falls on the people we love the most, the people we would do anything to protect are usually the ones who receive the brunt of our anger.
We say things that we immediately want to take back. The words definitely don’t help anything, they are usually of a personal nature and those hurt the deepest. Once you say those words they are there forever. Like something posted online, it never goes away and you never know when it will prop its ugly head up again.
If words spoken in anger cause so much pain and grief, why then do we do it? We are human and we make mistakes is part of it, but that to me seems to be an excuse more than a reason, a reason that is based on truth but still an excuse.
I believe that the reason is, that we close our minds to what the other person is saying, all we hear is a bunch of words that come out of their mouths. We don’t hear the complete sentence, the raw emotion in the words, the pain in their voice. We may hear it later, but by then it is too late, the damage has been done. By the time the argument is over both sides have said words that will later be regretted.
Words said in anger never have a happy ending, but words said after listening will go a long way to heal. God will always give us the right words to say, at the right time. But, and this is a big but, we must listen not only to the words of the Father but also to the one right there next to us. The one that is in pain, not just the words but the complete sentence, we must put ourselves in their shoes. Only then will the healing process begin and the love will shine through.
I can only hope and pray that I will always follow my own words, but I also know that because I am human, I will not always succeed and for this, I ask for forgiveness not only from the Father who loves all but also from the one that I have hurt the most. For this, I ask in Jesus’ name.