BE SLOW TO ANGER
I cannot put into words the pain in my heart as I witness so many ungodly acts because of our anger. We see racial hatred, road rage, violence; the list goes on and on. We live in a world filled with angry people. There seems to be no safe place. The pain caused by the violence and death has destroyed families, marriages, and friendships. People seem to get angry over every little thing — because someone would not wear a mask, because someone did not get vaccinated, or even because someone did not speak to
them. I often wonder to myself, “Why are we so angry?’ People are entitled to their opinions. We may not like them, but we do not need to become angry with the person because of the stance that he or she has chosen. God reminds us to be slow to anger. In Proverbs 16:32, we find these words:
“Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.”
The author gives good advice, speaking about the need to be patient as well as the need for self-control. Throughout this chapter, he writes about the importance of not becoming angry. His intent is to
have people become aware of what it means to trust God and not allow evil thoughts to enter their minds. When you get a chance read this entire chapter. Prayerfully, we will all learn how to become more patient, and we will allow God to bridle our tongues. I also pray that the words that we use will be
wise, and when we speak, we will speak in ways that are kind.