Close the Door to Satan

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.

─ Ephesians 4:26-27 ESV

John 10:10 says that Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy. Those words can lead you to think of spiritual warfare and perceive Satan to be the initiator of all the challenges in our lives.

Life’s challenges are not always a blatant attack from the devil. There are times, because of our own actions, we have opened the front door and practically invited the devil to come in, and we are not even aware of it.

How is that possible? Our scripture for today, Ephesians 4:26-27 specifically directs us not to let the sun go down while we are still angry. If we do, we risk giving the devil the opportunity to operate in our lives.

One of the most common ways we can open the door and give Satan access to our life, is through unresolved anger. While anger is not a sin, refusing to address anger through honest conversation, repentance and prayer can swing the door of opportunity wide open for Satan to disrupt our lives and families.

Today’s One Thing

Here are some things to consider that can help you address your anger:

  • Think before you respond (Proverbs 16:32).
  • Respond with kindness and forgiveness (Ephesians 4:26, 29 31-32).
  • Express your angry feelings to God (Psalm 35:1).
  • “Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13).

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