“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” ~ Proverbs 19:11, ESV
I remember once, when in high school, I attended the play “Hello, Dolly!” as performed by another high school drama club. I can’t remember any of the characters’ names except for Dolly, but there was one other character who stood out to me, as I’m sure he was meant to. He was the character that would eventually marry Dolly.
You’re probably asking yourself right now why I’m talking about a high school play in a daily devotional. The answer is simple: the male character that I spoke of thought of himself as having “good sense.” He believed this to the point that he states, “You know, I have good sense. So much good sense that I can take care of me and my shop! Why would a man with so much good sense need a wife?”
I’ll give him one thing- he did have good business sense; however, he was prone to frustration when Dolly began her antics in attempting to persuade him into marriage (from what I remember).
In relation to our scripture today, good sense is what makes one slow to anger. In society today, we often see people in business attire who are quick to frustration. Oftentimes, we believe that they become frustrated from the stress of running a business or a corporation. The fact of the scriptures is no less applicable to these people that to the rest of us: those who can control frustration or overlook an offense, such as an insult given by a coworker, an insensitive comment from a husband, or a rant from a wife, are those that truly shine in this world. They are beacons of self-control!
But why should we not vent our anger? Well, we find that the negativity resulting from the vented frustration harms more than helps. Proverbs 29:11 tells us that “a fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back” (ESV). So remember, the one that is truly hurt from vented frustration is the frustrated person; he or she often ends up looking insensitive and foolish. Be as the wise: restrain your spirit and defuse your anger before your words fly from your tongue. Your word will then be a wellspring of life and encouragement!