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More Powerful Than a Warrior

The pearls of wisdom recorded by Solomon in the book of Proverbs are timeless.  That is always the case when the Holy Spirit is the One Who inspired the writings of any Biblical writer. Proverbs is a unique book because after the first nine chapters of Solomon’s admonitions to his son, he continues to give gems of truth, but they are not in flowing paragraphs like prose.  Rather, they are truths stated in “stand alone” sayings on almost every aspect of life.  Each is worthy of one’s consideration and application for the living of a life of righteousness.

Many of the Proverbs create immediate spiritual reflection because of the strong words written and the scope of the comparisons stated by Solomon.  Consider this one as an example….

Proverbs 16:32 -“Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.”

Solomon is saying that a man who can be patient is stronger than a warrior in a very specific way.  It is said of Alexander the Great, that although he had conquered the world, he once lost his temper and killed his best friend. And he cried out and he said, “I have conquered the world, but I cannot conquer my temper.”

That is true of many business executives, coaches, teachers, preachers, laborers, it is true of many husbands and wives, and “all mankind” at some level. Many people of great ability who have been able to do great things, have been able to conquer and achieve many things, but in some cases, they were never able to conquer their temper. And because of that, they often, suffer great loss.  (Copied).

In seeking definitions of the passion of temper that is hard to control, here are phrases from various dictionaries that seek to define that trait… heat of mind or emotion; proneness to anger; state of feeling or frame of mind at a particular time usually dominated by a single strong emotion;  habit of mind, especially with respect to irritability or patience, outbursts of anger, or the like; disposition of irritability, peevishness, ill nature, a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent spirit…

Deep anger and unresolved frustrations are erupting more often in our culture. Outbursts between individuals, angry posts on social media, road rage, slug fests at sporting events, shootings in businesses and public places, school violence, domestic abuse, and on and on.

Without control “within us” being dominated by the Spirit of God, the behavior from us is devilish and dangerous.  Solomon admonishes us to guard what we say which will prevent outbursts that we regret…. consider his words….

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.  The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.  The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.  (Proverbs 15:1-4).