“‘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” (Ephesians 4:26, 27).
When we rented our home, the owner said, “If you notice a problem with the house, tell me right away. I want to take care of it early.”
I was not really sure why he said this, but I was faithful to report to him when I discovered some leaks in the roof on the porch. I was surprised when he did not fix them right away, but I didn’t worry too much.
Then the rainy season came.
You already know what happened, don’t you? Water poured through the roof under the eaves breaking down the structure of the beams. Soon parts of the roof’s ceiling began to break off, because the wood had rotted inside.
By the time the owner decided to fix things, he no longer had small repairs to make. He had a major construction job.
The same can be said of many human problems as well. God warns us in His Word to take care of relationship problems quickly. If you let anger simmer in your heart, it grows from a small flame to a large fire very quickly.
The relationship problem that could have been solved by a few gentle words can become a wound that takes many years to heal.
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you when the relationships in your life become fragile. A little first aid is much easier than a long hospital stay isn’t it? Apply first aid to hurt feelings quickly.
Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.
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