The Perfect Game Plan: Powder Keg

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Day 18

Unresolved anger is double the burden and twice the work.

READ: Ephesians 4:20-32

Over the years, FIFA has experienced its fair share of violence when organizing World Cup matches. Brawls involving players and officials from opposing teams, as well as fights among rival fans and supporters, have broken out, resulting in serious injuries, property destruction, and even deaths.

An emotionally charged match can quickly transfer the battle from the pitch to the terraces and beyond the stadium’s wall. National pride, envy, or perceived bias can goad a frenzied crowd into mindless violence. Nations have even gone to war over a football game. Sometimes the match is just an excuse to vent simmering enmity, frustration, or deep-seated anger.

The apostle Paul understood how unbridled anger can quickly escalate—the perfect tool our enemy is looking to exploit. He urged us to deny the devil that opportunity by setting a limit to our anger: “Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry” (Ephesians 4:26). We have to quickly deal with it before anger controls us.

Aristotle once famously said: “Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody’s power; that is not easy.” Only a complete change by God can help us (Ephesians 4:20-24).

World Cup Trivia
In 1994, Roger Milla, at 42 years old, was the oldest player to score a goal in the history of the World Cup. Which team did he represent?
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