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The Ephesians 4:26 Principle

From: Words That Heal

By: Michael Ross & Brian Doyle


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 4:26-27


Even though many Christians feel uncomfortable expressing anger, the Bible actually offers guidelines on getting angry the right way--with the right attitude and the right words. It's up to us to follow--and teach--what Scripture says, beginning with these verses. The writer of Ephesians, the apostle Paul, makes it clear that anger isn't the sin. It's what that anger can lead to if we don't head it off with God's help. While most of us know how to get angry, it's this second step we need to work on.


In the days ahead, practice expressing anger the right way. In other words, the silent treatment and screaming matches don't accomplish anything. If something is important enough to get mad about, then it's important enough to try to work out the conflict. Encourage your friends and family to shift their focus away from the emotion and concentrate on dealing with the situation as Jesus would. Above all, emphasize praying first--before a single word leaves your lips.


Questions:

What kinds of things spark quarrels in your home? How do restore peace?

In the past, have hurtful words rolled off your tongue during heated moments? Is there someone in your family--or at church--who needs to hear an apology from you?


Reference 1:

Ephesians 4:26-27


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