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Ephesians 4:17-5:1, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Anger

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Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.
— Ephesians 4:26-27

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, January 7, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).


Interpretation of holy scripture can be difficult at times. Many people, while reading the Bible, will cherry pick passages that seem to speak to their lives and reflect what they believe the Bible to be about. This is dangerous—mostly because a person can turn scripture into a reflection of his or her making.

The pseudo-Pauline letter of Ephesians is no exception. There are many fine passages in Ephesians and the whole of the letter is hopeful. However, certain passages seem to lift of a moralization that doesn’t reflect the overall tone of the letter. Although morality is an exceedingly important theme in the Bible, it certainly isn’t the whole picture. Still, many people from both sides of the aisle turn the Bible into a big book of moralism, instead of what it really is—a love letter from God to humanity showing us our connection with God and the rest of the universe.

Sometimes, not letting the sun go down on your anger is beyond just morality; it is a way of life to see the larger picture.

Have I turned the Bible into something it’s not? Grant me grace, God, to reflect on the whole of your Word. Amen.

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