I’ve been musing over some Bible verses lately. Although some are almost humorous, all are essentially convicting. These verses address the question ‘What am I like to be around?’ Unless you are stranded on a deserted island, you likely interact with others on a daily basis. You may or may not live with someone, but you come into contact with people at work, at the store, on the road, at church, and/or at school every day. Let’s look at what the book of Proverbs says.
Proverbs 13:15 – A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame. When something angers me, I seethe and stew it over in my mind. As I mull it over, I dwell on the injustice of the matter. How dare they! I nurture my victim status in my mind. I formulate what I should say (or have said) to set the other person straight. Modern therapists would tell you not to hold it in. Venting your anger is much healthier. I can tell you that once I let my anger emerge from my mouth, I initially feel good, but in the end hurting someone else doesn’t solve the problem and often I live to regret my words. Time may heal the relationship, but you can never retrieve the words you release. Continue reading