By Ron Adams
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to
hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not
achieve the righteousness of God.
The often quoted saying, “Fools rush in where angels fear to
tread,” is from AN ESSAY ON CRITICISM by Alexander Pope in 1709. And
there are several verses in the Book of Proverbs that point out the
foolishness of being in a hurry without due regard for inevitable
He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is
quick-tempered exalts folly.
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger
calms a dispute.
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his
spirit, than he who captures a city.
A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to
overlook a transgression.
BE LIKE HIM
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and
abounding in lovingkindness.