- Joe Norton
Slow to Wrath (12/15/2019)
"He who is slow to wrath has great understanding,
But he who is impulsive exalts folly” (Proverbs 14:29).
Solomon had an understanding of human nature that leaves us in awe, and a person who masters the principles in Solomon’s teaching indeed rises above the norm. He wasn’t alone in his instruction about anger, but he was one of the most effective.
A person who can maintain self-control, even when severely provoked, shows his understanding of the fact that a public demonstration of his emotional feelings only brings shame to himself—it doesn’t win anyone to his cause.
The lesson is for us to think first before we speak. Such behavior shows that we are not foolish nor impulsive, it will gain the respect of our fellows, and it will be a powerful example for those around us to follow.