Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. 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. - Ephesians 4:24-26
The Holy Spirit inspired these lines because God knew we all struggle with throwing truth bombs. A truth bomb is when we finally decide to tell someone the truth. The anger has been building up to the point where we finally justify blasting them, and we say, “Well, let me be honest with you.” But what we mean is, “Let me vent my anger on you.”
Truth spoken in anger is rarely from God. Usually it’s a result of us not doing the hard work of having healthy conflict earlier in our relationship (see the Connection/Challenge Matrix below and ask yourself if you’ve been living in the ‘Cozy’ quadrant).
Maybe today is the day to start “Putting off falsehood” (as Ephesians 4 says) and to start speaking truth to your self, your friends, and your family so that anger doesn’t build up and you don’t explode on them! Speaking truth, even in small and relational ways, can be a very powerful step towards putting on your new self in Christ. Talk with Jesus about how to do that today.