24 Sep Ephesians 5:1-2, Ephesians 4:26

5 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

Ephesians 4:26
26 BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 

(A Christ-Like Love – By Sarah Watts)

I disobeyed Ephesians 5:2, “Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us…” I let my anger sit. I was thinking my hot headedness would disband in a day and blow over. I was wrong. It didn’t! I was bitter. I was holding a grudge. Not only was I unloving, explosion was imminent. Anger in itself is not wrong. My choice in how I handled my anger was wrong and not loving. I took it upon myself to call and talk to the person instead of instant messenger or email. Electronic communication was part of the problem in the first place. I started out talking in a normal tone. I’m not sure what I was expecting from this conversation. Then I exploded. Anger raged from my booming voice to the other person on the line. I had a ton of revenge for the evil done to me or, so I thought at the time. A right needed to be made! Righting a wrong by doing wrong never works. I had a right to express my displeasure, but yelling was not the answer. I grieved the Holy Spirit through my selfish behavior. In the midst of my screaming, the voice on the other end continued to talk calmly and respectfully. In fact, the voice had the nerve to tell me she loved me. Maybe I should think first of Christ giving Himself up for us and follow His example and her example next time.