By Ron Thomas
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city (Proverbs 16:22, NKJV)
Who has never been angry? Who have never been on the verge of losing control? It is likely that not only have you been on the verge of losing control, that you might actually have done so a number of times. If you are conscientious, then it is also likely you have regretted it a great deal. I know I have.
Consider what we are being taught here by the Lord. If you slow your anger response down, to that degree you have controlled your emotion. Now, after having done so, each of us needs to progress a little further along in slowing our anger down. In time, with this effort, we will have complete control. It won’t be our control, but the Lord’s control of each of us who have heard and heeded His counsel. Note the comparison the Lord makes with the one who controls his anger – you are far more powerful, far more influential than one who takes a city in battle. The latter compels others to submit, but the former influences people to submit to the Lord.
- Ron Thomas preacher for the Sunrush Church of Christ, Chillicothe, OH. He may be contacted through the congregation's website. http://sunrushchurchofchrist.com/