“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.” ~Joan Rivers. Yes, yesterday is history and now lives as a memory in the past. Yes, tomorrow is a mystery in ‘how’ it unfolds depending on what you hold true today. Yes, today is God’s gift and it is the present! Now is all we truly have and each day is no more than a rapid succession of many ‘nows’. If we go through our days and carry the baggage of negative interactions with us to bed without letting them go beforewe go to sleep, we will wake up with an inner feeling of them not being resolved. These unresolved feelings will affect our current day more than we will perhaps realize.
Being angry about how people have treated us is a natural human response. Anger is the reactive feeling we humans get when we feel that we have not been treated fairly. All of us need to learn how to discharge that anger before retiring our day or it will ‘rollover’ into the next day. Acting out on our anger goes against the laws of nature and can be referred to as ‘sin’. In Ephesians 4:26, the author clearly states, “Be angry and do not sin, and do not let the sun set on your anger” (Aramaic Bible in Plain English). This verse is attributed to Paul as a ‘Prison Epistle’ (letter written while in prison). Paul wrote it about 60-62 A.D.
Imagine being in prison (mostly dungeons filled with excrement and rodents). Wouldn’t you feel anger? Wouldn’t you want to act out on youranger? Yet Paul refused to let the Sun set on his anger. Somehow he knew that if he was going to survive prison that he would have to start each day with hope and trust or the anger would eat him alive more than the sewage and pestilence.
At the end of each day let go of what angers you. Discharge its deleterious effects into the omniverse. Wake up each day refreshed with the gift of a new day from God. Do you treat someone who gives you a gift with anger? Do you dismiss their gift of kindness with acrimony? Or do you graciously accept their gift and give thanks to them for receiving it?
Be grateful to God for each and every day. Be forthright in discharging your anger and not unleashing it on others in retaliation for pissing you off. Be a channel and an instrument of Divine love everlasting. Be ye therefore perfect! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)
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