Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. Ephesians 4:31
Conflicts come in many packages, from children punching each other on the playground to international intrigue in times of war.
What are your “hot spots” of conflict? You might have difficulty getting along with others at home or on the job, with someone whose personality just doesn’t fit with yours.
Whatever the case, conflict is a part of your life. Some Christians mistakenly believe that since Jesus lives in and through them, they’ll be able to end all disagreement and trouble with others.
But that’s not what Christ promised. He never intended for you to spend your energy trying to avoid tension. He wants you to let Him help you work through your anger with His grace.
When you are angry with someone, the Lord wants you to resolve the conflict as soon as you can: “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity” (Ephesians 4:26-27 (NASB).
Have you ever gone to bed at night with an argument unsettled? How did you feel the next morning?
Your own health and well-being are not the only reasons for quick resolution. The deeper principle at work is one of avoiding bitterness. When you don’t address a hurt, bitterness takes over and spreads its poison into your innermost parts.
Dear Lord, give me grace to work through my anger. Help me to resolve the conflicts of my life.