Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sinful anger (part 2)

Proverbs 14:29 "He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly."

A closer look:
slow - long, patient
wrath - violent anger, vehement exasperation - (literally "to snort")
great - abundant
understanding - knowledge, reason, skillful, wisdom
exalts - to be high, to raise, to extol

A person not easily irritated, doesn't fly off the handle, doesn't lash out, yell or scream, lose his temper is described as a man of great understanding. The key is to think before you act. The Lord is "slow to anger" (Nehemiah 9:17; Psalms 103:8; 145:8; Joel 2:13; Jonah 4:2; Nahum 1:3). It is not the Lord doesn't demonstrate anger, on the contrary, His anger is not an out of control short fuse. His anger, should I say is "gracious anger." Man's anger is sinful anger - as in this case. When people think of you, do they think of an angry man? How do you handle anger? May we learn to always be under-control rather than out-of-control.

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