Written by on June 24, 2011

“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.” (Eph. 4:26, 27)

How do you celebrate the first week of summer? 

I celebrate it by taking an inventory of who I need to forgive. Then I call or write, and mend a fence.

As a new believer, I remember studying this verse in Ephesians for the first time. I thought to myself, “I can’t let the sun go down while I’m angry? Boy, with short days in the winter, I’ve got to resolve  conflicts early.  But the first day of summer, I can beat the system! I can stay angry for hours into the night!”  I figured come summer solstice, I beat the system.

Woah, did I have a lot to learn! Doesn’t matter how much sunlight was left in the day –  I was cheating myself by holding onto grudges.  Sometimes I let them go for months unattended, giving the devil a foothold because resentment affected my prayers – I didn’t feel close to God.  It affected my family – I was cross with them for small things.  My body took on sickness, headaches, and muscle tension.  So much for beating the system.

On the other hand, when I’ve been quick to forgive – especially resolving conflicts right away on the same day – I find the Holy Spirit is flowing through me and using me to encourage others. That sets a good example.

Regardless of how much sunlight is pouring through your windows this evening, who do you need to make it right with today? 

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  1. Susan   On   June 25, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Your insightfulness is greatly appreciated. Lewis B Smedes’ book “The Art of Forgiving” is also very helpful.

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