“He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.” – Proverbs 14:29
Proverbs 14:29 offers us a nugget of truth that we should all seek to apply to our lives. Anger is a sin that many people in our world struggle with, and many people in our world make excuses for. They say, “He had a bad day, so he is angry.” or “His favorite sports team didn’t win, so he is angry.” or “He is from a intense family, so he is used to responding in anger.” Anger is one of those ‘beloved’ sins that people commit without caring who they affect, or what the consequences are. But the Scriptures speak quite differently on the subject of anger. The angry man, says the proverb, is a fool, in fact they exalt foolishness!
The Proverb warns us to avoid being quick tempered or to act hastily in anger. Instead, when we are tempted to become angry is the time that we should deliberately think before we act. Often anger blinds us and we act upon our emotions and feeling rather than on the power of the Holy Spirit who lives inside us. The man who can control his spirit and resist the temptation to be angry and sin is a man who has great understanding. We must strive to be this kind of man so that we honour the Lord in our responses and walk in a self-controlled and God-glorifying way.