“Wise people think before they act; fools don’t-and even brag about their foolishness.” (Proverbs 13:16 NLT)
In the heat of an “intense moment of fellowship,” also known as a fight, it is often hard to hold thy tongue. Most of us are hardwired to go blow for blow when someone makes us mad, whether it be with words or literal blows! The concept of turning the other cheek becomes a near impossibility when our blood pressure reaches it’s boiling point.
While most of us later regret when we act out of anger, there are some who are quite proud of themselves for their less than savory responses in combative situations. Why? What in the world makes someone boast about their ability to belittle or physically hurt another human being whom God loves?!
Proverbs 13 clears that right up for us…a fool, synonymous to: idiot, moron and a 3 letter word that also means donkey. (No offense, just a fact, look it up.) Only someone who is completely lacking in respect for others and themselves finds it amusing to advertise that which they should be ashamed of.
When we find ourselves in the midst of a disagreement, it would be wise of us to learn how to operate our internal pause button. Unfortunately, it is not accessible to anyone else so no one can punch it for us. It may be that you need to walk away from the situation for a bit. Maybe you are far more self-controlled than I and you simply need to take a deep breath to regain composure and speak with wisdom and understanding. Others can count to 10 and feel a sense of calm while others still may need to count to say 1000 before the rage meter drops a notch or two.
The whole point is to find what works for you to keep from flipping your lid and blowing your witness when you are upset. Nothing about a hot-tempered fool screams “I Love Jesus!!!” Let the words from James be written on your hearts so that when controversy comes, and you better believe it will, you will be able to quickly call it to remembrance and shut. your. mouth.
“You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.” (James 1:19-21 NLT)
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