Proverbs 16:32 - The Verses Project

Bible Proverbs 16:32

Posted December 04, 2014

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

While our culture values honesty and transparency, often this becomes a selfish excuse to spew out whatever angry thoughts and feelings we have in the moment under the guise of authenticity. “Oh, you were hurt? Sorry, I was just being honest!” While we hold high the value of getting things off our chest, often we do so without considering how our words are affecting the one we’re venting to or toward. Is it crushing them? Is it hurtful? Is it embittering them? Would it be better to hold your tongue, take that anger and hurt to God, and in turn come back when you can speak out of love and a desire to serve that person?

The Bible calls us to a different sort of “might” than our culture does. This godly might is characterized not by domination through angry arguments but rather a slowness to anger; this might is self-controlled instead of explosive. It’s interesting to note that in Exodus 34, God reveals Himself as the One who is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness…” This slowness to anger is something that God wants His children to emulate Him in, doing so through the work of His Son and the transforming power of the Spirit. We can’t do it on our own; it’s fruit that He must bear in our lives!

Instead of flying off the handle and venting whatever our hearts desire, may we learn to be self-controlled and ruling our spirits. May we, like our God and in His power, be slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love…


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