Ephesians 4:26-27 “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.”
I had to ask the Lord if this was really possible. If we were all honest, we would come to the conclusion that the majority of our anger is because of sin. The reason the majority of our anger is sinful is because we become angry out of selfishness. The Lord desires that we remain under control. God is not looking for self control, but he is looking for sovereign control. We must desire to remain under the control of the Lord. The basic rule is that we steer clear of sin when we become angry. Honestly, the majority of our anger usually ends in repentance. Then we see a principle about anger. Even in anger we must be sure not to go to bed with it. How many times have we to bed with anger in our hearts? God specifically says to make sure we not allow the sun to go down on our wrath. When we go to sleep angry it gives room for the devil to do a work in our lives. We must realize that anger is a tool of the devil. God can only use the anger that is not tainted with sin. The devil will use all anger in our hearts to cause severe devastation and destruction in our lives.
Today’s Challenge: Assess your anger. Determine if it is tainted with sin or if you have lived in it for an extended period of time. If so, then please repent and seek reconciliation.
1 Corinthians 5:6 “You glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.”
Even the smallest of sins are dangerous, destructive and deadly. When we allow just a tiny bit of sin into our lives we are flirting with disaster. God is using the illustration of leaven. By placing just a small amount of leaven in a lump of bread will cause it to rise. The same parallel can be seen with sin. A little sin can cause anyone to fall.
Let be clear… the phrase “little sin” can have more than one meaning.
- It could be a sin that most people would overlook. I have always been puzzled as to why we hold different sins to a different standard than others….God don’t. God looks at all sin the same way. Please understand, that just because people may overlook your sin does not mean that it is not deadly. Those are actually the ones that can take root the fastest.
- It could be sin in small amounts. Rather than looking at it from a standards issue, we can look at it from a size issue. We consider flirting with sin, or dabbling in sin as okay. Give it an inch and it will take much more than a mile.
People use comments all the time like “What a little of ________ going to hurt?” Well if it is sinful, then it is going to hurt badly. Maybe not immediately but the more your flirt with it, dabble in it and embrace it the worse it will become.
Today’s Challenge: Don’t allow “little sins” to take root in your life! They are just as destructive as all the other ones!