Cultivating Good Relationship PT. 4 - Ephesians 4:27

Being passive instead of angry at the devil gives place to him

27 Neither give place to the devil. Ephesians 4:27

Don't allow that conflict, disagreement, or disappointment to cause you to pick up a wrong attitude that will ruin your relationship. That's exactly what the devil wants you to do!

Rather than allow this to happen, stop and tell yourself, Okay, this isn’t as big of a deal as I'm making it out to be.

Instead of meditating on all the bad points of that person, look in the mirror yourself! Consider how many times you've let down other people; how many mistakes you've made in your relationships. The times you should have been held accountable but instead were shown unbelievable mercy.

Remembering these things has a way of making you look at an offensive situation a little more mercifully.

Ask the Holy Spirit to take the criticism out of your heart and to cause the love of God in you to flow toward that other person or group of people. Pray for an opportunity to strengthen that relationship so all the entry places to your life and to that relationship remain sealed. Stop the devil from worming his way into the middle of your relationships with people you need and love! We often throw open the door to the devil when we refuse to:

  1. Admit we were wrong too ;
  2. Say, “I'm sorry" when we're wrong ;
  3. Lay down our “rights" for others.

Being passive instead of angry at the devil gives place to him. We are supposed to resist, to actively fight against him, and this righteous anger is an important part of a violent attitude.