Proverbs 29:11

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by: FCC Staff

09/08/2021

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A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

All of us have said things in anger we wish we could take back. Job, in his frustration said some things he obviously regretted. Scripture records, “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

Then Job answered the Lord and said, “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.  I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further,” (Job 40:2-5).

The wisdom of our proverb for today shows us that it wise to hold back. Even if we do slip up and say something foolish we can stop, hold back, and make amends.

But a fool? They just give full vent to their anger. Whether it is an angry tirade, shouting at someone in person, or a passive-aggressive text message or social media post, the words all come out, the ‘send’ button is pressed, the damage done.

Today, each of us will be tempted to let our anger get the best of us. We live is a frustratingly broken world. We can choose wisdom, and show grace, extend mercy and peace, or make the situation even worse; adding more anger, sin, and destruction to the world.

If you have wronged someone in anger, make today the day to repent of that choice. True, even in an offered apology, there is opportunity for anger. They can reject you, mock you, pick up the fight right where you had left off. Don’t participate. As scripture advises us, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all,” (Romans 12:18).

Let’s be wise and hold back when we are angry. We are all truly blessed that God showed wisdom and did not give full vent to His anger when we have wronged him. As Jesus taught us, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven,” (Matthew 5:43-45). Let’s be children of God and exercise some of the wisdom God desires for us.

Prayer for Today:

Father, when I am frustrated today, help me to keep my composure. Let me accept your mercy and grace for me, and extend the same to others. Jesus, walk with me and guide me in your Father’s will. By your Holy Spirit, reign in my spirit, that I may be wise and conform to your image. Amen.

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A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

All of us have said things in anger we wish we could take back. Job, in his frustration said some things he obviously regretted. Scripture records, “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

Then Job answered the Lord and said, “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.  I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further,” (Job 40:2-5).

The wisdom of our proverb for today shows us that it wise to hold back. Even if we do slip up and say something foolish we can stop, hold back, and make amends.

But a fool? They just give full vent to their anger. Whether it is an angry tirade, shouting at someone in person, or a passive-aggressive text message or social media post, the words all come out, the ‘send’ button is pressed, the damage done.

Today, each of us will be tempted to let our anger get the best of us. We live is a frustratingly broken world. We can choose wisdom, and show grace, extend mercy and peace, or make the situation even worse; adding more anger, sin, and destruction to the world.

If you have wronged someone in anger, make today the day to repent of that choice. True, even in an offered apology, there is opportunity for anger. They can reject you, mock you, pick up the fight right where you had left off. Don’t participate. As scripture advises us, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all,” (Romans 12:18).

Let’s be wise and hold back when we are angry. We are all truly blessed that God showed wisdom and did not give full vent to His anger when we have wronged him. As Jesus taught us, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven,” (Matthew 5:43-45). Let’s be children of God and exercise some of the wisdom God desires for us.

Prayer for Today:

Father, when I am frustrated today, help me to keep my composure. Let me accept your mercy and grace for me, and extend the same to others. Jesus, walk with me and guide me in your Father’s will. By your Holy Spirit, reign in my spirit, that I may be wise and conform to your image. Amen.

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