Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:25-32
This is something I need to work on. The funny thing is that it is not usually a person I get angry at but something or organization. The last time was a concert we attended. Neither Gail nor I had ever attended a Willie nelson concert even though we both have enjoyed his music for years. So I splurged on some really good seats that came with some “free” extras. Well the extras were such that we were unable to use them and that made me mad. Now the concert was great, Willie played for over 90 minutes but still those extras. I just could not get past that. Si there I was trying to get to sleep and could not because I felt like I was wronged. Finally, after a couple of hours I finally just convinced myself that the extras were just part of the price for the concert. Sleep at last.
Now this was not something I could go to someone and resolve, but when we have an issue with a brother or sister we need to go to them and resolve it. Do it now and not later. If not then we will have sleepless nights and that problem will grow. What initially may have been a small issue grows into a major issue. Anger turns into resentment and then bitterness. Our lives become clouded by the unresolved issue and we just cannot get past the problem. And most likely the person we are angry with may not even realize there is a problem. If we wait long enough the person that caused our anger may no longer be around to resolve the problem and we are stuck with our anger.
Jesus told us that when we are giving our offering and have something against someone, leave the offering for later and go to them and resolve the problem. He knew that bitter, angry people will not be able to increase His kingdom. We need our minds on God and not someone we feel has wronged us.
So, if you have an unresolved problem, stop reading right now and go to that person and get the problem resolved. If they are not around then forgive them and move on. Clear your mind so you can concentrate on Jesus.
Have a blessed day,