Recently Kyle and I got into a heated argument. And, I stressed even more because of the Bible verse that says something like, “Don’t go to bed angry.”
And to be quite honest, it was over something so minuscule that I can’t even remember why we were arguing. What I do remember is that around 11 p.m. I looked at the clock and realized that we had been fighting for three hours already. My eyes were puffy and swollen, I couldn’t stop crying, I didn’t even care about the actual issue anymore.
I knew the Bible verse — don’t go to bed angry — but I didn’t know how to apply it.
However, I kept thinking “We can’t go to bed angry. We can’t go to bed angry. We CAN’T go to bed angry.” Instead of giving Kyle some space, I kept the argument going because I was convinced that at some point he’d have to realize that I was right. And instead of being concerned about our relationship and how he was feeling, I was determined to make him admit that he was wrong and say sorry.
Most are quick to quote Ephesians 4:26 when this type of issue arises. However, most will only site the last half of the verse: “do not let the sun go down on your anger,” and not the first half of the verse, or the verses that precede and follow.