32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
All of us have particular things that trigger our anger. For some the abuse of a dog makes them angry, for others it is the abuse of a child. Some get angry about the trafficking of people while others get angry in traffic. Some people get angry when things don’t go their way or when people mess their day; others are never far from anger and every day something sets them off and they explode in anger. We can treat anger as a badge of honor when we finally tell someone off and “put them in their place.” None of this is wisdom, according to today’s reference.
Mighty people are people of renown, people to look up to and to respect. Mighty people have done some great things, like David killing Goliath or Elijah praying down fire from heaven. When we hold our anger in and keep it from exploding, we are better than the mighty. Is it ever right to use our words and our emotions to bring hurt to others? Ephesians 4:32 tells us to be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another. Our words are to be seasoned with grace showing that we are filled with God and His grace flows from us. This kind of Spirit-filled self-control is something the mighty of this world know nothing about.
Another great person is one who captains his army to take a city. That captain is a strategist, a leader, a warrior, and a conqueror. But one who rules his own spirit is better than a great captain. Are you aware that when we let someone else make us angry that we are giving the controls of our mind and emotions over to them? That is right; you are not in control when anger takes over, the other person now controls your next move. Let us not allow the frustrations of life end in anger but when frustrations rise let us look to the Lord and ask Him to fill us with His grace instead of being filled with our own anger. We will then be known as people who rule our own spirit.
For those who have been praying for Jared, his brain calmed down on Sunday and was responding better last night. Epilepsy is never really controlled; we have learned this. Through different treatments and medications the brain is slowed down. Last week, Jared had very few seizures thus he was bright, he was playful, he enjoyed the flight over and then Friday night the electricity in his brain led to seizures throughout the night and into Saturday. We are thankful that these episodes are few and far between and that Jared’s brain does calm down.
We have asked prayer for my dad who needs his aortic valve replaced. The hospital set a date of this Tuesday for this procedure. (Tuesday in New York is Wednesday early AM in Jakarta.) They have already admitted him to be sure his body is ready and able for the procedure. Pray with us for a successful procedure and for a quick recovery. The valve is replaced through a vein in the leg; amazing technology, so he will not be cut open. Pray for my mom and sister and brother-in-law who are all working together away from home the next two days.
I have been preaching through a series on the church. Yesterday’s message was on the Church, a spiritual army. It is on the website.
Have a great day in the Lord,