The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs 14:14-35

We begin the week by reading Proverbs 14:14-35.

A quick tempered person does foolish things…

Repeatedly in Proverbs we are reminded being quick tempered is foolish. Do I really need to read that bit of advice so many times?

The truth is, Yes… I need the reminder daily. I need to be reminded the way I respond, to situations, people, criticisms, matters. In a matter of seconds I can overreact, say things I don’t mean, make things worse, and hurt someone. I need to be reminded when I respond with a “quick temper,” no matter how justified I feel in the moment, absolutely no good can come of it.

Whoever is patient has great understanding…

Patience is hard. It takes practice, self-control, and, let’s be honest, a whole lot of the Holy Spirit! As a mom of three boys I can look at the times I have responded to my children with a quick temper versus the times I have responded with patience, and the first makes me cringe. I am a work in progress when it comes to those responses. and I am continually amazed at the difference when I step back and let the Lord work through me… guide my words… fill my heart with grace and understanding.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

James 1:19-20

Father, when I am tempted to react with anger remind me that nothing good can come of it. Let my words be full of grace, patience, and understanding so they might glorify You.

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