Day 9: Breakthrough In Unresolved Conflict

Ephesians 4:26-27

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger and give no opportunity to the devil.

My Breakthrough Thought:

Show me an angry person and I’ll show you a hurt person. And I guarantee you that person is hurt because something has been taken. Somebody owes them something.

We all know people whose anger could be verbalized in one of the following ways: “You took my reputation.” “You stole my family.” “You took the best years of my life.” “You stole my first marriage.” “You robbed me of my teenage years.” “You robbed me of my purity.” “You owe me a raise.” “You owe me an opportunity to try.” “You owe me a second chance.” “You owe me affection.”

The root of anger is the perception that something has been taken. Something is owed you. And now a debt-to-debtor relationship has been established.

How about you? What debt is causing the anger you feel?

How long are you going to allow the people who have hurt you to control your life? Another month? Another year? Another season of your life? How long? I’d like to propose that today should be the day when you quit holding on to the hurt!

While it’s true that you can’t undo what’s been done, it’s equally true that you don’t have to let the past control your future. In Ephesians 4, we’re commanded to “get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger.” We do that by “forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

The remedy for anger is forgiveness. If we hold out waiting to be paid back for the wrongs done to us, we will be the ones who pay. If, on the other hand, we cancel the debts owed to us, we will be set free.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:

Jesus, I no longer can accept the unresolved conflict that has separated me from those that I love. Breakthrough today! Please help me to own any of the conflict I have created and let me forgive and move past any conflict that has come against me. Amen!”

Matthew 5:9, 38-39; Luke 17:3-4; Romans 12:17-18; Colossians 3:13; 1 John 1:9;

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