6.26.2012

Provoked To Anger

What does a Bible believing Christian do when provoked to anger? It's not always a pretty sight. Sometimes we aren't as easily taken in or quick to react, but there are other instances when we fail, and miserably.

"A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of wicked intentions is hated." Proverbs 14:17

"The end of a thing is better than its beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools." Ecclesiastes 7:8-9

Ouch!  The Word of God is a mighty two-edged sword. (Hebrews 4:12)

Solomon the author of the book of Ecclesiastes and most of Proverbs was a wise man. He was the son of King David and Bathsheba, and the successor of the throne. One evening God asked Solomon what he wanted in a dream, and instead of asking for long life, riches, or the life of his enemies, Solomon asked that he might have an understanding heart to judge -- to discern between good and evil -- God's people. God was pleased with Solomon's speech and gave him what he asked for and also what he had not asked for. (1 Kings 3)

Don't you love when God lavishes us with blessings and favor? I do. I get excited when our souls and spirit are in agreement and God is pleased. But let us not miss the point to be slow to anger, not easily provoked, just as God is not in our foolish ways. Remember also that His mercies are new every morning, and we get another chance to do better, act right, and be more patient. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
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