Prov 14 v 17: He who foams up quickly and flies into a passion deals foolishly, and a man of wicked plots and plans is hated.
Fooled you right?! You were thinking soap suds and water slides right?! Lol!
I read this in my quiet time the other day and I saw myself slap bang in the middle of that verse. I fly off the handle and "foam up" quickly and end up dealing foolishly with a situation.
And what am I passionate about in that I always over-react? My own hurt, and my feelings, and my "self". Normally its when I feel my integrity or my "who I am" is attacked wrongfully. But I need only be quiet and the Lord defends ultimately!
I'm seeking wisdom this year in all that I read and in terms of losing my cool there are many many verses snuck all around Proverbs. Prov 12 v 16: A fool's wrath is quickly and openly known, but a prudent man ignores an insult.
If I choose to ignore an insult, real or imagined, I am already halfway to overcoming my foolishness in the arena of temper losing.
And what about this? Prov 14 v 29-30: He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is hasty of spirit exposes and exalts his own folly (ouch) (30) A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.
The goal here is to have a calm and undisturbed mind and heart, don't lose your cool, bite your tongue and think things through! Trust the Lord to fill in the quiet spaces. Don't you find a quiet space in a potential argument is a challenge waiting to be filled? Its like I can't let it be! However, if you leave the quiet spaces to the Lord He often fills it with an unexpected blessing!
I hope you are as encouraged by these scriptures as I have been. Lets do this with the Lord
With each post I do this year I am going to end off with #wisdom. This will be where I try to understand the wisdom of what the Lord is teaching here.
#wisdom What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?
I think the Lord is trying to tell me to, well, shut up! My first reaction when I am angry is to defend my position. And when, on the odd occasion I have kept quiet, it has turned out better than when I mouthed off! There is also a scripture saying that even a fool appears wise when he keeps quiet! Yup, the beginning of "looking wise" starts with shutting up! At least in terms of getting all foamed up and flying into a passion when being insulted (for real or perceived)!