Ephesians 4:30-32 NIV 2011
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Paul completed his instructions about Christian living with words for the faithful in Ephesus. These verses are part of sixteen verses dedicated to Christian living. Those who follow Christ have been sealed by the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:14, “Who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption.” Bitterness, rage, anger and more are all acts that grieve the Holy Spirit. In contrast Paul ended with actions shown by Christ alone ministering and forgiving even those who placed Him on the cross. Believers are called to refrain from anger and forgive each other.
For some it may be hard to understand we will never be perfect. Our goal must be to strive to be more like Christ daily. Unfortunately I fall short but each day is a new day to begin again. When we speak the truth, sometimes we offend others but it’s never intentional. As believers we are charged with being truthful while not fearful of the facts. Ridding myself of bitterness turns my thoughts to compassion by forgiving those who have hurt me. I’m called to forgive others and not be angry.
What helps us refrain from anger?
Forgiven by Christ together,