Get Angry?

Proverbs 16:32

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.

Slow to anger. That’s not something I see on a regular basis. The opposite is truer than ever right now. Say something on social media or tv that the masses don’t approve of and you will be instantly harpooned.

Most do not have any control over their anger or spirit. This is as true as the sky is blue. Yesterday on the elliptical at the gym I was captive to the news channel. I don’t even know which one. Fortunately, I couldn’t hear anything. But the few times I glanced at the TV, all I could see were out of control people tearing down statues and yelling at cops.

Honestly, I don’t know (or care) that much about what’s going on but I is easy to see is that none of these people are slow to anger or have any semblance of control over their spirits. They probably think that they are so strong and powerful. But look at what wisdom says:

Being slow to anger makes you better than the mighty. Mightier than mighty.

Having control over your spirit, makes you better than a city capturer.

It looked like these foolish protestors were trying to capture a city. Just from what I saw, rednecks and hipsters seemed to finally band together to tear down a statue. None of this protesting is a display of power. Whether it comes from idiot rednecks or angry blacks.

Want to be mightier than mighty? Look at the example of Martin Luther King Jr. He had actual reasons to be infuriated. He was truly abused and marginalized. But did MLK endorse violent rioting in the street? The exact opposite.

He controlled his spirit. He displayed mastery over his justified anger. He made dramatic change through peace and self-control.

True strength, true wisdom, true power, comes from self control.