Day 22

Temper, Temper!

By Min. DJ

Some people think that their bad temper is not a big deal, but they are wrong. Some are crazy enough to think that their inability to control their anger is a good thing. Let’s see what we can find in the “book of wisdom”, Proverbs.

"The hotheaded do things they'll later regret; the coldhearted get the cold shoulder."

Proverbs 14:17

I bet we all have said and done things out of anger that we wished later that we could take back. I know I have. I remember this one time in the 6th grade I got really peeved at this guy in the 7th grade. He was almost twice my size! I got so mad and out of control that I grabbed the big galoot and ripped his shirt almost from top to bottom. I came back to my senses right after I’d done it and immediately this scripture proved true. Talk about regret! I won’t go into detail about what happened after that moment but I’ll say that it had to do with one of us sliding face forward down the school hallway.

"Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding; a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity."

Proverbs 14:29

This is especially true the older you get. You kind of expect a little less self-control from a baby. Babies throw tantrums all the time. But because they’re babies, they usually get away with it without too much trouble. But we’re not babies anymore, and a person with a quick temper often ends up in a stockpile of stupidity and dump load of trouble. Usually when a person gets upset they stop listening, stop trying to understand, and oftentimes they stop thinking altogether. They end up with only half the story and a big fight usually over a big misunderstanding. It serves our own selves to be slow to anger as the Word commands.

"Moderation is better than muscle, self-control better than political power."

Proverbs 16:32

Just because you’re bigger or stronger than someone doesn’t mean that it’s safe to lose your temper with them. A person that has control over his/her emotions is always in a better position to win than a brute with no brains.