November 24, 2013
“A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.” (Proverbs 15:18)
To have a bad temper is a terrible thing, and many times leads to many problems. The person who has no control over his temper causes hurt not only to himself, but also to those who must bear then brunt of his anger.
The writer of Proverbs spoke on this issue. He made known that the wrathful man stirs up strife. He is unhappy himself, and he does not want others to be happy when he is not. He will do and say things that cause dissension. He seems to take pleasure at the trouble he has caused. Since no one wants to be around a troublemaker, it is difficult for this kind of person to keep friends.
The person who is patient, however, who likes to keep peace, is usually a welcome person in a group, or with another individual. His calm manner, even in the face of strife, creates a peaceful atmosphere that encourages others to be calm.
If someone were describing you, how would they describe you? Would they say you are an angry person, who seems to stir up trouble, or would they say that you are a claming force, even in the midst of a storm? Past experiences with you will determine what they say.
The person who claims to be a Christian should be concerned if they give in to angry impulses, and stir up trouble among their fellow men. The Lord wants us to live at peace among our brothers, to be an example to others. May this be the desire of our hearts as we go about our daily lives. This will please our Lord.
A hot-tempered person will stir up trouble,
Among their fellow men,
Causing one to be against his brother,
And making him feel bad within.
The patient man on the other hand,
Is a calming force that appeaseth strife,
And he is known as a person,
Who lives a Christian life.
Prayer: Dear Lord, Please help me to control anger in my life, and to be the Christlike person you have called me to be. In Jesus name I pray. A-men.