Good Life Journal – Proverbs 19

 

Scripture:

Proverbs 19:11

Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrong

Observation :

A wise person does not react hastily in anger when confronted with a troubling situation. Rather, a learned person will use discernment before losing control of their temper. Jesus teaches about anger in Matthew 5:22 when he says,” But I say even if you are angry with someone you are subject to judgement. If you call someone an idiot you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of Hell.”

Application:

We must be not be foolish and act in anger as this can impair our ability to judge. We see this play out quite often in pro sports where an athlete will go back at another athlete to get even or say something to an official. After the outburst, it is later explained away as “I was caught up in the moment”. Road rage is the prime example where someone cuts us off and we are wronged as they took our space. If this is overlooked, there is no ensuing conflict. The same principle applies to a terse word in the office or at home, that when ignored does not lead to a quick escalation. Psalm 103.8 says, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love”.

Prayer :

Father,

Please let your spirit indwelling with me guide my temper. Help me be in control of my actions to look past something that could be perceived as a wrong to me.

-Todd Dawson

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