Have you ever gotten in a dispute with someone? You were arguing with them and they said something that was absolutely not true. The thought of it aggravated you and you erupted into anger. You may have said or done something you regret. You stayed angry for a minute, or a day, or maybe longer. Maybe you are still angry at them. God wants us to live in harmony and peace. Anger has it’s place, but we should not allow it to control us.
I would like to share an interesting perspective that a missionary once showed me. He used the verse, Ephesians 6:12: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” How often do we get sidetracked. We somehow think that we are wrestling against the person that we see. We get angry against our teachers, our parents, our boss, that annoying coworker. We are so eager to take arms against a fellow believer, or against an unbeliever. They can so easily become the object of our disdain and hate. But this is not a biblical reaction.
The person we see before us is not the enemy. The enemy is Satan. Satan and his demons have used the person as a tool to spread discord. I would like to challenge you, realize your true enemies. The person you may be tempted to hate is not your enemy. They are one in need of prayer. Don’t believe the lie that your enemies are the ones you can see. We do not fight the seen, but the unseen. So often we ourselves can be used as the tool of our enemy. So next time you are temped to react negatively toward someone, remember your true adversary.
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.