Monday, June 2, 2014

Be Slow


Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7:9

Did you know that the Bible tells us that it is man's glory to pass over a transgression (Proverbs 19:11)? Or that a prudent man overlooks an insult (Proverbs 12:16)?  Furthermore that when we cover a transgression, we are seeking love (Proverbs 17:9)?

Too often, we take things the wrong way, jumping to the wrong conclusions, and therefore passing judgement over people and situations.  

Why?

We are are hasty in our spirit to be angry.
What does that mean?

We are being quick-tempered.  We want to give in to our fleshly desires and are actually looking for the opportunity to do so.  But the screaming and slamming are only the manifestations of the already brooding heart.  

So we have to target it at the root--the heart.

There is something there that has not been resolved.  Although it camouflages itself at times behind fake smiles and good times, it is still there festering.  Maybe it is an unresolved conflict with someone where there has not been forgiveness or a situation that we can not wrap our understanding around?  The anger is there swelling in our hearts until we explode or implode.

Let's not.

Let's stop making excuses for harboring this volatile emotion and deal with the issue.  Let's not just curb   behavior (although that may be a good starting point) but let's get at the root of the cause.  

Let's be slow.  
Let's be slow to react and quick to reflect.
Let's forgive.
Let's love.  Let's extend grace and receive grace as well.  

Let's make our hearts infertile ground for anger.

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May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14