29 He who is slow to wrath has great understanding,
But he who is impulsive exalts folly.
30 A sound heart is life to the body,
But envy is rottenness to the bones.
Anger is not a character quality. Anger might be a family trait, but it is one to get rid of not to hang on to. Another proverb says to make no friends with an angry man and with a furious man do not go, lest you learn his ways and get a snare to your soul. Another one says that anger rests in the bosom of fools. To act in anger is to act impulsively, to act in such a way that you do not care for those around you. Anger is an expression of frustration that when it spills out it shows the foolishness of the angry person. Envy and anger are cousins; envy produces anger. You want something or someone that another person has, you dwell on what you want and before long you explode in anger over this envious desire.
On the other hand, the one who is slow to anger, she holds her temper, he respects the person and controls himself, that person is considered to have great understanding. It does not say that we never have anger but that we are slow to get there. A long fuse gives you time to resolve the problem and to put out the fuse well before the blow up. Your heart remains faithful, life remains in your body, and those around you determine that you are a person of great understanding.
How we respond is deemed to be who we are. When Jesus Christ enters our lives He brings His peace with Him. Because of this entering of Christ into our very souls, we are going to be different and one key way of difference is how we react when we are provoked to be angry.
Here at church yesterday we looked at the testimony of the water, the blood and the Spirit to the validity of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a study worthy of every Christian so that you can know that our Lord Jesus was totally confirmed by the Father and the Spirit both then and now. Since Christ is so confirmed in who He is and in what He has done, we can speak openly of Christ in any and in every situation that we find ourselves. For those who heard this message, I cannot wait to hear how you opened us a Jesus conversation and how God led that conversation to bring His salvation to someone else. Here is the phrase we said to each other, “I believe that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, that He lived, died and rose again to save us from our sin.”
Our son Justin developed a spontaneous (without prior cause) hole in his lung. After a few hours in the hospital where he was treated for this, they released him until Tuesday when he will have a surgical procedure to mostly keep this from being dangerous, if it happens again. He preached yesterday with a pic line in his chest and Saturday night he married a couple whom they have discipled. Pray with us that this surgery will go well.
Monica, the wife of Dickey, is having an arthroscopic procedure on her gall bladder today and gall bladder removal surgery tomorrow. Pray with her for success and for healing. They are supposed to go to Australia for an education opportunity, pray for them to know and rest in God’s leading.
Stefani left for China this morning. She will spend ten days with Caleb and Lindsey. They are quite excited to be together in China.
Have a great day in the Lord,