A fool uttereth all his mind—-
There are a lot of short-fused, thin-skinned, dog-tired, sour-spirited, worked-up people today who are fit to be tied, hot under the collar, bent out of shape, foaming at the mouth, and mad as a hornet. Every day we encounter rancorous people on the freeways, in the stores, on the job… and in the mirror.
Sometimes anger is justified–when we’re angry in the right way, at the right time, to the right degree, and for the right reasons. Jesus Himself displayed righteous anger. But most of us just “get mad.”
The Book of Proverbs has a lot to say about anger. For example, Proverbs 16:32: “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” Read through the Proverbs, especially chapters 15, 16, 21, 22, and 29. Find a handful of verses to commit to memory. They’ll be like smooth stones for your slingshot, and with them you can defeat Giant Anger.
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
Ancient Chinese Proverb —-From Turning Point