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23rd January 2023

Conflict

Do not let the sun go down on your wrath. Ephesians 4:26




Working for reconciliation should be the goal of everyone in the church. It would be true to say that some conflict is inevitable. Yet we must do our part to work for peaceful resolutions. Paul wrote, “Do not let the sun go down on your wrath" (or while you are still angry) - Ephesians 4:26). To grow together, the apostle advised, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs” (v 29).


Finally, said Paul, “Let all bitterness go, wrath 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” (v 31–32). Turning from conflict whenever we are able helps build God’s church. In this, indeed, we honour Him.

Read

Ephesians 4:26:32.

Prayer

Loving God, when I face conflict, remind my heart to turn my anger over to You.

In Christ's name, I pray. Amen.




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