I was looking on the news this morning on the web when I came across a sad story. You can read it here. It is the story of a professional athlete, Chris Henry. He was a wide receiver for the Bengals. He had a fight with his fiance and died shortly afterwards. As I read the story my mind went straight to Ephesians 4.
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:26-32
Chris Henry will never have a chance to reconcile things with his fiance, nor will she. I found it pretty intriguing that this made the front top of the page on Fox News. If I had an argument with someone close to me and died right afterwards it never would make the news. But the sad thing is that disputes between people who aren’t famous happen every single day and many of them will not have the chance to make things right. Many people refuse to try to make things right and will hold a grudge all the way to the grave and it eats away at their bones. This could be a good reminder to all of us that if we have some kind of bad blood between us and another to make things right.
It would be much better if we could live in a way that never lets the sun go down on our anger and give a stronghold to the enemy. Instead of giving him a stronghold we should as Paul instructs the Ephesians, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” God sent his son Jesus so that we might have reconciliation with him both now and forever. He has forgiven us if we are in Christ Jesus and we ought to do the same with others.