Anger. It's a feeling that can happen in an instant. We can turn from some semblance of calm and collected into something resembling a rage crazed image of ourselves ... on a dime. Somedays it doesn't take much to send us over the edge. Anger can hit us with its fiery darts quickly. It's all about how we respond to the emotional upheaval that anger creates in us. 'Go ahead and be angry, but don't use your anger to fuel revenge. Don't stay angry. Don't go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.' (Paraphrased by Peggy) Wow, wow and WOW! I mean seriously good advice straight from the Good Book. Anger happens. It's real and it happens to everyone. Yep, getting angry happens to all of us. Sometimes it's quick and then it's over. Sometimes it's like a supersonic blast of heat. Wherever our anger lands on the scale, we have choices to make. We have to choose our response. Ok. So, we are all going to 'feel' anger. It's about what we do with our anger. Our response to the 'feelings' that we are experiencing. Do we lash out and wreak havoc? Do we throw things and scream vulgarities? Do we 'feel' the need for revenge and concoct vengeful thoughts and plans? Depends on what the anger is all about, right? Apparently not. Nope. Nada. Not. Anger is a feeling, an emotional response to a situation or circumstances. Our feelings are inevitable, and most of the time, (or at the very least some of the time) justified, but should we act with negative behavior? Don't go to bed angry. If you get angry, get over it as quickly as you got angry. Right here in this verse it's spelled out plainly. Revenge and vengeance should be squashed. Let go and let God. Let go of your anger and replace it with all the Mercy and Grace you can muster. Forgiveness is the goal. Breathe deeply and forgive quickly. Harboring anger only hurts us ... physically, emotionally and spiritually. Forgiveness takes away angers control and that foothold is quickly kicked to the curb. Letting go of anger allows you to enjoy freedom from its control. Don't go to bed angry. Instead say bye-bye to anger and hello to a good night's rest. Ephesians 4: 26-27 MSG "Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life."