In computer systems, Random-Access Memory (RAM) and Hard disk are two different components. RAM is temporary space and it works only when there is power. However, Hard disk is for long-term storage and is intact even without power supply. RAM gives operational speed for the system, while hard disk is the place to store all files.
Paul writes: “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” (Ephesians 4: 26,27) Anger could be in RAM but should not be in hard disk. When it is stored in a hard disk, the devil gets an opportunity to manipulate that anger to bring disastrous consequences.
Anger cannot comfort us, instead it can control us and consume us. Anger leads to resentment against people. This resentment makes our perspective biased and grows into hatred.
This hatred increases day by day. Hatred could lead to revenge or vengeance. This could be in the form of verbal abuse or violence. Unexpressed anger and uncontrolled hatred could develop into bitterness. This bitterness is self-destructive. With negative thoughts and depressing thoughts, a person could harm himself and even commit suicide.
When anger is just in RAM, when the power goes off (sun goes down), it is deleted and trashed. If it is saved and stored in a hard disk, it becomes dangerous to our own life, purpose, and mission. Anger could lead to physical ailments like blood pressure, anxiety, and headache.
Relinquishing anger, Repentance, Reconciliation can bring joy while storing anger in our memory is like stepping on an explosive landmine. If anger does not go down when the sun goes down, sin goes down deeper to become ‘root of bitterness’. For it is easier to control temper rather than a tempest.
Antidote for anger is forgiveness. Simply said, God has forgiven us freely, we can also show that generosity and grace to others. Forgiveness quietens our mind and heart.
Does our anger go down and trashed when the sun goes down?