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New Life daily devotion - Apr. 3, 2011

  • 2011 Apr 03

Second-Day Anger
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.
Ephesians 4:26-27


By definition, anger is a temporary emotional arousal that occurs, is handled, and recedes in a matter of minutes, or at most, a few hours.  Anger that’s allowed to fester and seethe for days, weeks, months, or years is very unhealthy.

Author and pastor Calvin Miller calls anger held overnight “second-day anger.”  He writes, “This tendency to nurse our anger overnight always builds to a grudge, which eats at the soul and finally rots it with cynicism.  Over time, a grudge becomes poisonous bitterness.”

This type of anger accrues increased explosiveness the way an unpaid loan accrues interest.  What remains until tomorrow is only bigger, badder, and tougher to pay down.

There are several reasons we often opt for second-day anger.  We think remaining angry when we feel violated helps us maintain a sense of control over the situation.  We sometimes like to use our anger like a club to punish the person we feel is responsible for it. But many times we’re simply too proud and/or lazy to identify and address it.  Be committed to dealing with today’s anger today. 

“Anger is one letter short of danger.”

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