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Day Four – Rid yourself of rage

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25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

 

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Today's Devotional

 

I saw a sign last week at a food court that caught my eye. Above the stainless steel counters where the food was being served, there was a poetic rule that all the employees were supposed to follow: when in doubt, throw it out. If something looks in any way questionable, it’s not worth keeping; just get rid of it.

We heard in Colossians 3:8 that we are to rid ourselves of “anger, rage,” and many other sins that shouldn’t define our lives anymore. It makes me wonder if Paul heard stories about some of the Christians in this city who had short fuses, who were physically violent with other people, who couldn’t keep their emotions in check.

The apostle Paul gives details in our passage today about how and why we should get rid of rage. We should deal with our anger before the sun goes down; we shouldn’t let a single day go by while we’re still angry with someone. We’re called to confront (Matthew 18) with the hope of restoration. Why do we do this? So the devil doesn’t have a foothold. We don’t want him to have a place where he can grab us, where he can hold on, where he can seize an opportunity to drive us from good relationships with other people and God.

Not sure if what you’re hanging on to rage? Better safe than sorry – when in doubt, throw it out.

 

Today's Challenge

 

Challenge: Are you refusing to forgive someone? “Forgive each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Eph 4:32).

Pray that God would give you discernment to see where anger resides. Ask Him to give you strength to get rid of it.

 

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