What Married Couples Are Missing About the ‘Don’t Go to Bed Angry’ Bible Verse


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.

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Tayler Beede
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Tayler Beede is a Christian wife, student, and brain tumor survivor. She writes with her mom (is that awesome or what?) about what happens when romance meets reality at the marriage blog Nitty Gritty Love. You can find more Nitty Gritty Love on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.