Updated: Jun 13, 2022
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. -Proverbs 16:32
We always hear about this in church and most of the moral classes / lectures we have received But I have discovered that this truth is bigger than it appears to be.
Its one thing to control your anger temporarily as the argument is going on and burst out with vengeance over a period of time and it’s another to be slow to anger and control yourself over any reaction that would be in response to what would anger you even after the incident. That’s a mature spirit!
When I was in school I saw a lot of bitterness among people for a lot of things every day there would be a fight or a dispute or an argument where people would throw fireballs of words at each other in the name of “standing up for themselves” and “fearing no man except God”
That is expected from a normal man. Now I’m speaking to those people who have the very nature of Christ. Those who have chosen to live a life worthy of that which they were called by God. Those that really “fear” (have reverence for) God, those who would like to know what is the Biblical way of handling such situations.
Let’s start from this point of view: God is Love - 1 John 4:8 which means that they that walk in the ways of God must be in Love!
So how do we walk in love in times when we meant to be full of rage?
From here is where you can weigh yourself on the scales of how much your heart has yielded to the very likeness of God’s heart.
God Himself is slow to anger. The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in faithful love. -Psalms 103:8
Our theme scripture shows us this it says he that is slow to anger is better than the mighty Which means you who keeps back and reacts 0% towards a fight is way stronger than he who fights back!
It takes great maturity to hold back everything you could possibly say to that person no matter how much right you are! It’s maturity to say Good morning to that person who hurt you so bad last evening!
It takes great strength and love to preserve a very big comment that would have not only ended the dispute but also destroyed the other person massively.
However someone may ask, If I keep quiet, the person will think I’m weak and keep trying to get to me each time, what will I do?
Child of God, know where to fight from! Things may hit you from north and south but always keep the conscience of who you are!
You can’t just bark at every dog that barks at you when you are not even a dog! Understand where you belong and what weapons you use!
Know that you’re above the things of this world and fight from there.
For though we walk (live) in the flesh (have bodies and senses), we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons.
For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,
-2 Corinthians 10 : 4
Our weapons are spiritual, we surrender all the battles to the Lord and we war our way into temperance.
What am I saying? I’m trying to say that if that person tries to get to your nerves, go on your knees and bless the Lord for her life. If those Media people speak ill about you go on your knees and thank God for they are causing you a far more weightier Glory.
If anyone hits you on the cheek, offer the other also. And if anyone takes away your coat, don't hold back your shirt either. -Luke 6:29
That’s a mature spirit, that’s a person consumed by Agape! (The very love which is of God).
The Battle is of the Lord! And vengeance is His. Choose your wars wisely.
For we know the one who has said, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge his people. -Hebrews 10:30
By: Nambuuza Anita