Forgiveness: Don’t Let the Sun Go Down…
My church recently started a new series called, “Break Out: The Power of Forgiveness.” The message is rather simple and yet it’s one of those messages that we all need to be reminded of on a regular basis…at least I do.
Don't Let the Sun Go Down RS
If you’re married or in any sort of committed relationship, anger and forgiveness are a continuous cycle (rinse, cycle, repeat)…but maybe it’s a coworker, a sibling, a parent or a neighbor. Whatever the case, my guess is that we’ve all had angry feelings toward someone recently. With those types of feelings comes a choice:
  • Remain angry and allow the anger to spill over into other relationships because you can’t let go of the extra baggage.
  • Or, as said in Colossians 3:13 – “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Granted, forgiveness isn’t always easy and it’s sometimes easier for us to forgive others than it is ourselves. Ephesians 4:25-27 says, “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. 

Said another way, go ahead and feel angry. God regularly expressed anger throughout the bible…Jesus also felt anger. But, don’t let that anger control the decisions you make and don’t let it control your actions and behaviors to the point that you regret what you’ve done. Furthermore, don’t carry unresolved anger around with you…doing so will cause you to sin further and it will spill over into other areas of your life. By giving into anger, you essentially give the Devil residence in your life. One small dose of anger causes a lot of very unnecessary drama.

So…deal with it (in a timely manner)…or else…

We might forget what made us angry to begin with. If we forget why we’re angry, we can’t exactly resolve the anger…thus it’ll hang onto us like an ugly mole that should have been removed a long time ago.

Forgiveness is key, but it’s not easy. As it says in Matthew 18:21-22 – “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” We ask for forgiveness so that our relationship with God and others can be restored. Rinse, cycle, repeat…7×70 times (click HERE to watch Chris August’s video). Just don’t let the sun go down another day without dealing with it.

So, who or what is under your skin? Are you ready to forgive?

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30 COMMENTS

    Great message and think we all could use this. Thanks for that. You are a Blessing Ashley
    Love your image also.

    Yes I agree. Easier said than done but life is too short to be angry all the time. If you can’t stand somebody or something, you can always walk out ;-)

    Great post Ashley!
    Forgiveness is a biggie… sometimes very difficult and often has to be a process. But while in the process of forgiveness, we can choose NOT to hold on to anger.

    Forgiveness is such an important thing you can give to others and yourself.

    I liked this post a lot! Very true words for us all. I was actually upset about something this morning before I came to work, so I sort of felt like you were writing to me specifically :) Thanks for sharing.

    This is a great message, Ashley. Sometimes I feel like I’m too forgiving…to the point where people walk all over me.

    Sadly sometimes it’s easier to hang on to it than let go of it. We feel “Justified” so to speak.

    Love this post.

    How true! Beautifully written!

    Such a hard lesson to learn sometimes but very worth it in the end.

    This is such a touchy subject for me. Forgiveness is the most difficult thing anyone can decide upon. To forgive or not to forgive. I know when someone beats me down and makes me feel as low as I can as a human being and continues to do it, I can’t seem to forgive as easily…and sometimes I don’t at all. Especially when it’s constant – the hits just keep on coming. On the other hand, if someone says something to me that’s hurtful and doesn’t say it again, it’s easier to forgive for the simple fact that they got the message that it hurt. And, obviously took your feelings seriously. The former is what I struggle with daily.

    I like that idea, not letting the day end while you’re angry! Thanks for sharing!

    Great post and beautiful photo..as usual!! Good to learn early in marriage! :)

    Great message, and beautiful shot!

    Awesome message! I agree that this is something that a lot of us need to work on regularly, myself included.

    Love the processing on that shot! Beautiful.

    Thank you, Ashley – exactly what I needed today. To let go of my anger and move on. Beautiful image, too.

    Plus, I always like to remind myself that it is much easier to be happy than it is mad or sad…just better in every way…so what needs to be done, changed, or forgiven to make that happiness happen. Lovely photo :)

    Anger and forgiveness seem to go hand in hand in any relationship. Good information, Ashley. Thank you. :)

    We’ve been doing a “staying in love” series at our church so this goes right along with what we are studying. GOOD STUFF!

    I just shared about forgiveness a week or two ago! It is the gift we continually give ourselves!

    Great post!

    XO

    Beautiful photo and great verse.

    Powerful Ashley…

    Wonderful message. We tried out a new church this week and they were talking about trials just like my bible study. He he. We liked the new church a lot.

    Perfect timing. Just this morning I was thinking that it is hardest to forgive ourselves, and how so often the thing that sparks our anger isn’t necessarily the cause of it. Love your photo as usual!

    Oh I have found this to be soooo true! There is such much freedom in forgiveness ….. like a weight lifted from your shoulders.
    What a GREAT post!
    And the image is PURE AWESOMENESS!

    Such a beautiful shot. Love the processing!

    love that you are doing the shout outs at the bottom :)

    Wonderful post! I have a book titled Seventy Times Seven and it is a great book about forgiveness. I read it when I’m really struggling.

    It is so true. I have seen the root of bitterness that occurs from unforgiveness and it is an ugly one.

    Having dealt personally with bitterness that I didn’t even know I had was an eye opening experience. It takes effort and a daily surrendering to overcome the destruction it can cause.

    Forgiveness is commanded because it FREES us from much bondage.

    Love the message here. We need to allow ourselves to feel whatever emotions come… We just also need to deal with them in a constructive way! This particular lesson about anger is always a good reminder.


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