A man's wisdom

Written by Bob Foster.

"A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense"(NIV) Proverbs 19:11

The Bible also helps us to understand the wisdom of strife control. It says that he that is slow to wrath is of great understanding (Prov. 14:29). How do you suppose this is true? I believe that it’s telling us that there is wisdom in the nature of one that does not increase the level of hostility. When one thinks over the situation, it is wisdom that says don't react hastily.

Another verse that helps me to work with anger and wrath is one that says, the one who is slow to wrath is better than the mighty (Prov. 16:32). The person in charge had the greater concern and thus the greater stress to contend with. He is subject to become angry sooner. It’s better to stay out of his way. A controlled mind is not going to have quite the problems that are found in those in leadership positions whose anger might escalate and be out of control.

The Bible outlines for us many who became angry and let anger control them. The end, in most cases, was fatal. Cain the brother of Abel became jealous of his brother when his own sacrifice to God was rejected and Abel's was accepted, and he killed him (Gen 4:5; Heb. 11:4). He lost the close relationship he had with God and was made to be a vagabond upon the earth, banished from the parents who raised him to forever wander the earth. Even his livelihood of agriculture was taken from him for the ground would no longer produce for him at it once did.

I believe we would not like to end up like Cain so let’s apply our God-given wisdom in all situations and we will save ourselves a lot of trouble.

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