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Deal with it today

February 5, 2010

“Be ye angry and sin not:  let not the sun go down upon your wrath.  Neither give place to the devil.”   As Paul conveys some basic elements of righteous communication in Ephesians 4,  he deals with the matter of anger in verses 24 and 25.  In the last couple article we considered righteous anger.  We need to now think on the other portion of the instructions found in these two verses.  This last principle can be summed up in the statement,  deal with it today.  Don’t delay dealing with difficulties.  Utilize the intensity and energy from your anger to correctly deal with problems in a timely fashion.  Dealing with problems means that we quickly attack the problem (not the person, which we’ll look at later) while the opportunity and the passion are both there.  If your anger is righteous address the problem at the most propitious moment available.  Don’t delay just because the task is difficult or uncomfortable.  Deal with the problem today.  Understand as well, Paul did not say, “Go attack the problem immediately.”  In fact, Galatians 6 points to a time of self examination before we attack a perceived sin.  Don’t go off half cocked, ready to explode at the least provocation.  Go prepared, humble and ready to minister.  Deal with the problem quickly, but not hastily.

These two verses also have an intriguing implication.  Grammatically there is no hard division between “let not the sun go down upon your wrath” and “neither give place to the devil.”  They are in fact corollaries, giving place to the devil being the expected conclusion of the sun going down on your wrath.   Giving place carries the idea of opening up a place at the table for someone to join in.  When we allow wrath to carry on undealt with, we are pulling a chair up to the table for Satan to come and join us.  This is no idle threat, nor is it a trivial matter.  Christians by the thousands sit down together with a place set for the Devil because they refuse to righteously and rapidly deal with their anger.  If we are going to have any hope of winning a fight as believers, our anger must be righteous and we must not, cannot, dare not carry anger without addressing it.  The stakes are far to high for us to brush aside these commands.

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