‘He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty.’ Proverbs 16:32 NKJV
The Bible says, ‘He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.’ As a Christian you have the Holy Spirit living within you, and one of the fruits of the Spirit is ‘self-control’ (see Galatians 5:23).
That means as a Christian you can control your temper, and as a Christian you must control it. You say, ‘I get mad easily because I was born with that nature!’ You’re not supposed to live according to your old nature, but your new one! Anger is like a river. Controlled, it can generate enough electricity to power an entire city. Uncontrolled, it can overflow its banks and become a raging flood that destroys everything in its path. And as surely as a river can be controlled, so can your temper.
Have you ever been in a big argument at home with your spouse or one of your kids? Suddenly the telephone rings; instantly you pick it up and answer in a soft, controlled tone, ‘Hello-o-o-o. May I help you?’ What just happened? You proved that your anger can be controlled and tamed. The Bible says, ‘People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.’ (Proverbs 14:29 NLT) Not everything is worth getting angry about. The more calmly you see a situation, the more clearly you’ll see how to handle it.
So if you have a quick temper, here’s some good advice. When you’re angry, count to ten before you speak. And when you’re really angry, count to one hundred—then don’t say anything.
SoulFood: Gen 14:18–24, Ps 110, Heb 5:5–10
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023