Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. ‘In your anger do not sin’: do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:25-27
A foothold is a secure position from which further advancement can be made. This term is familiar to many strategists in numerous different contexts. From climbing the side of a mountain to making a drive on a football field, gaining ground starts from a position of entrenchment. In many of my hiking exploits, I have learned to do everything in my power to achieve this sort of advantage when on a rocky trail. In fact, having a foothold is an essential first step in any successful journey.
Giving the devil a foothold is the beginning of his progress toward wreaking havoc. Ultimately, the man who confesses Jesus with his mouth and receives Him in his heart is going to find victory in Christ. But keep in mind that does not disallow our opponent from seeking to gain a temporary advantage. Checking your anger is the strategy that Paul explains a man ought to employ. Consider the alternative of letting the day end while furious. Choose to check your anger and remove a distinct advantage for your opponent.
DO THIS TODAY: Pray that God would reveal footholds and give you the strength to handle them His way.