Keep forgiving – Prayer for February 21. Anyone who says you shouldn’t get angry doesn’t know what emotion is. It is not a sin to get angry but when you act on your anger, you might end up sinning. If you also refuse to forgive and let go of your anger, it will result to sin.
Bible Verse for Today
“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)
In the Bible text for the day, the first phrase there is “in your anger do not sin”. This is to make us know that even the Bible agrees that there is no way we want to do it. It doesn’t matter how holy we are, a time will come when we will get angry. There are things that people will do to us that will bring out our anger and then we will have every reason to react and take actions.
But the Bible told us that we need to be careful when this time comes. In our anger, we must not sin. The only thing that can make us sin when we get angry is if we refuse to forgive the person that wronged us. It would be dangerous to act on our anger, we must not let the sun go down while we are angry. This means that we must not let it be long before we forgive those who offend us.
Jesus told his disciples to forgive people, he told them when to stop forgiving also too. Peter asked when he can stop forgiving his neighbors of they offend him and Jesus gave an answer. Matthew 18:22 “Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Calculating this, that’s about four hundred and ninety times. Normally, it is not possible for just one person to offend up to that number of times just in a day. Jesus knew it won’t be possible and that means we have no choice but to keep forgiving those who offend us.
Keep Forgiving Prayer for Today
Lord, your word says we should not sin when we are angry. I know that people will always do things you provoke me to anger but I want the power to forgive quickly and never to keep hatred in my heart. Help me to deal with bitterness. No matter the number of times people offend me today, Lord, help me to keep forgiving. Amen.