SLOW TO SPEAK AND SLOW TO ANGER

Proverbs 29: 20  "Do you see someone who speaks in haste?  There is more hope for a fool than for them."

Following the references in my Bible, I saw a progression:
Proverbs 26:12 "Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?  There is more hope for a fool than for them."
Proverbs 3:7 "Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil."
James 1: 19  "My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires."

Don’t be caught up in what the world is telling you to do, “ Be angry, stand up for my rights, hate this group or that group, don’t listen to authorities.”

Instead be quick to listen, show respect to the people that are in authority who are trying to instruct you. Slow to speak and slow to anger, think about what has been said. Don’t jump to conclusions. Ask yourself, “Where did this come from? How did they come to that solution? What pain in their lives must have happened to make them react this way?”

Then form your own conclusions. Think of what the Lord would desire you to do. Shun the evil that would be stirred up because of, “hasty words.”



by Rick Kisner

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