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Friday, September 23, 2011

Don't Let The Sun Go Down

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Ephesians 4:31 "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:" KJV

Being angry is a natural reaction to the injustices of this fallen world.  Staying angry is deadly to your spiritual life.  The root of unyielding anger is unforgiveness.  In Ephesians 4:26 we are admonished, "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath."  You may say, "You don't know what injustice I suffered."  You are right, I don't but, God does. It is an impossibility for humans beings to understand the entire scope of eternity while we are on earth.  The word "wrath" is translated from the Greek word Thumos which means to move impetuously, violently, passionately.  Thumos is an outburst of emotion; whereas, Orge is the underlying anger.  So etymologically speaking, an orge is a person who has allowed anger to become their personality.  Proverbs 22:24 tells us to, "Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go." Bad attitudes are easy to catch.  Ephesians 4:32 is the answer, "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."  Forgiveness is not always easy, but it is fundamental to your relationship with God.  As often as the attitudes and anger surface, intentionally forgive again.  Remember to repent of your unforgiveness and ask God to show you what He needs you to understand.  He is more than willing to forgive and heal you.  Always keep the cross at the forefront of your mind. . . eternity hinges on it.

Patti

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