The Word of Grace Devotion for The Week of May 7, 2018
Slow To Anger
Proverbs 14:29, “Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.”
Good Morning! Beloved, the above Proverb provides us with the results of anger. The one who is slow to anger has great understanding while the one with the hasty temper exalts folly. When we are slow to anger then wisdom and understanding will become ours. When we learn to listen rather than react, when we learn to give way rather than having our way we can respond appropriately to the situation.
For example: Once a man who had been slandered by a newspaper came to Edward Everett asking what to do about it. Said Everett, “Do nothing! Half the people who bought the paper never saw the article. Half of those who saw it, did not read it. Half of those who read it, did not understand it. Half of those who understood it, did not believe it. Half of those who believed it are of no account anyway” (Zig Ziglar).
So many of us make a great fuss of matters of small consequence. We are so easily offended. The man who can brush aside the offending remarks of another and go on his way has great understanding.
On the contrary, the man who cannot control his anger brings and exalts great folly. Folly is foolishness, stupidity and recklessness. It is when we become angry that we get into trouble. The road rage that affects our highways is a hateful expression of anger. Many of the inmates of our prisons are there because they did something when they were angry. In their wrath they swore, they lost control of themselves, and terrible things followed. There were moments of offense followed by years of regret.
Beloved, rather we are to learn to be slow to anger. How do we do this? By allowing the fruit of the Holy Spirit to fill us with love, joy, peace and self-control. Fill your temple with good things and good things will come out of you! As we close I leave you with a couple of verses concerning anger!
James 1:19, “This you know, my beloved brethren But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.”
Proverbs 19:11, “A man's discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.”
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
In Christ’s Strong Love-