"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.
I write a post for Meditations of My Heart, originally to be shared today. As I reread it, I know what I'm espousing is true. There is nothing wrong with the intention and the meaning of the message.
But something is amiss. I feel uneasy.
I pray about it. I confide in a fellow blogging friend on the phone about my hesitancy to follow through with the post, even though I have passionate feelings about this topic. She listens empathetically and promises to pray for discernment from God to make the right decision regarding bringing these words to light.
I reread my post once again, recalling the conversation with my dear friend.
And again, I ask God for help.
It's then I hear, "You wrote this while angry. You've given the devil his foothold."
What, Lord? Paying homage to the enemy when all I do is denounce him and his horrid influence upon this world in my words?
Forgive me, Father, for I have let the sin of anger enter my heart, control my words, and color my perception.
I take a deep breath. Let it out slowly. And I feel God's reassurance flow over, around, above, and through me.
In my imagination, I crawl up into HIs lap and lay my head on His chest. His heart beats with mine. I am comforted beyond description, beyond reason, and promised that what concerns me now, even in righteous anger, He has already addressed.
It's taken care of.
It is not my worry.
I need not be angry.
I need only to be faithful to the One who freely offers eternal life and forgiveness of sins.
And I need never to let the devil gain a foothold.
With God's help, I will.
Have you struggled with feelings of anger about particular situations? How have you handled those feelings?
Prayer: Father, there are so many unrighteous and horrendous deeds inspired by the enemy in this world. It is difficult for Your children to not become angry and want to "do something about it." Help us to remember that this entire world is ultimately in Your hands, and that we must trust in Your will and Your timing. When we tempted to become angry, let us pray instead for those who prompt that rage within us, and turn to You for solace, strength and wisdom. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.