Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Don't Let the Upset Outlive the Sunset

As a minister it is my privilege to perform weddings. I believe it is the second biggest event in a persons life. The first one of course is accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior. At the end of each wedding I share some advice with the couple just before I pronounce them husband and wife. The advice comes from Ephesians 4:26 ..."Do not let the sun go down on your anger." In other words if there is a disagreement don't let the sun set on it and allow the problem to fester overnight. Work it out before going to bed so that when we get up in the morning we can concentrate on that days challenges. Sometimes pride gets the best of us and we don't want to apologize, or say I am sorry. Even if you are in the right it is a good idea to work things out before going to bed. This is also true of friendships and other relationships. Talking through a problem can many times prevent resentment from building. Resentment, if not dealt with, turns to anger and bitterness and even hatred. It is so easy to pick up the phone, turn off the TV, walk across to a neighbors and resolve whatever differences there are before they have time to grow into BIG problems. Its getting darker earlier now, better hurry.

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