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The Devil’s Foothold

Whether or not we care to admit it, each one of us lives in our own world. In each of our inner worlds, we have our own cultures, languages and preferences. We have busy schedules, pressing needs and unique struggles and reasons for celebration. The overlapping of our world with the worlds of others is a daily occurrence, however, and an occasional inconvenience and misunderstanding is inevitable.

Ephesians 4:25-27 makes it clear that we will be angered by others and their ways in the time that we spend on Earth. It also clearly states, however, that we cannot allow our anger to cause us to sin. When someone has angered us, we are to confront them in truth and love as quickly as possible. If we do not, we will continuously analyze the issue, reliving the anger over and over again and give the devil a foothold in our lives.

The church as a whole is made up of a body of believers who each serve a unique and equally important purpose within the body. By choosing not to be honest with another member about how we feel, we are cutting off communication with a part of the body. We are actively inviting division in the church, and we are greatly hindering its ability to function to its full potential.

It is essential to daily confront the grudges held in our hearts, asking Jesus to give us the discernment and courage we need to settle any disputes with another member of the church. God has an unimaginable plan for His people, but it is impossible to recognize it fully if we are continuing to allow the devil to hold on to our feet by harboring bitterness, anger and unforgiveness in our hearts.

Reflect:

  • Are you harboring any bitterness, anger or unforgiveness in your heart? What steps can you take to settle those disputes?
  • How are you encouraging others to live a life of patience, grace and forgiveness?

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