Theme: SPIRITUAL MINDEDNESS, KEY TO HEALTHY LIVING
Text: “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath” – Ephesians 4:26.
Comment: The text for today does not say one should not be angry but that it should not be carried to extreme. Anger should not be carried from morning until evening lest the devil exploits it to lead the person to sin. Because one could do foolish things due to anger, some have defined it as ‘temporary insanity’. Indeed James the apostle stated that, “let every man be …, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19, 20. Compare Proverbs 25:28) Jacob did not speak well of the anger of Simeon and Levi saying that “in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. (Genesis 49:6, 7). It has been said that the effects of violent temper could be felt for days and that those who are frequently angry do not enjoy good health in that anger has negative effect on the health of the body. To control one’s temper it is advisable for one to relax himself and not allow emotions to overwhelm him. If one says or does things he later regretted due to anger, he should apologize and strive to prevent a re-occurrence. (Psalm 38:18) Such one should be ready to share his burden with others and in the course of the discussions should try to look at things from the other person’s point of view, not just his own. – Proverbs 11:14; 15:22; Proverbs 14:12.