April 26, Ephesians 4:26
Ephesians: Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
My parents taught and lived this verse as, "Don't go to bed mad." It truly is the best practice, especially because I've tried the other way, and it doesn't work. You never sleep, and the anger is still there in the morning.
What's even worse is having a dream that your spouse cheated on you in your dream, and you wake up mad anyway. That probably has some subconscious significance.
Anger can be a dangerous emotion. It clouds our vision and hinders (or at least prolongs) forgiveness. I've mentioned before that there's no way for anger and forgiveness to hold the same space.
We're all on this earth to learn, and even those who make us angry, that guy that cut you off in traffic or that person who scammed you. There's no end to situations that can make us angry, but if we are here to learn, then we have to present a different lens on the situation itself. Maybe that guy who cut you off in traffic was actually taking his sick child to the hospital. Maybe that guy who scammed you was actually teaching you to put your faith in God, not people.
Today, may we seek peace. If we do experience anger, may we bring that anger to God and let Him deal with it so we can clear the way for forgiveness. May God bless you this day and always.