He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly. (Proverbs 14:29 NASB)

How often have I done this? How often had I been quick to get angry over something without understanding.

Probably more than I would like to admit. But I have done it, as have you. We only need one time to remind us.

Maybe it was something we assumed, or thought we knew the whole picture, but there are times that we allowed our emotions to take control and paid the price for it later.

Either by apologizing, or by other means, we have had to make up our mistake that we have made through anger.

Being home with my family has taught me that nothing is what it seems. It’s better to find out the whole story before I jump to conclusions and there were times where no reprimand was needed.

I have learned that it is wiser to be slow to anger and not always let my emotions take control.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t get angry. We all get angry. Instead of taking it out on anyone that I felt “deserved” it, I go through the motions to calm down.

I slow my roll.

I breathe.

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When I have better control of myself (and my mouth) I find out what exactly went wrong and usually learn that it doesn’t require any finger pointing. The situation always calls for something to be solved. Something to understand.

As we go about our Sunday, let us be reminded that we should be slow to anger. Find out what the issues are, and face them.

Imagine that sales clerk you were angry at, did they try to appease your anger or did they get angry in return?

Have you learned to be slow to anger? Are you sometimes caught off your guard and you reacted to something without thinking it through? If so, share your thoughts with me in the comments below.