Book 20 Chapter 15
A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays contention.
Recommended Reading – Proverbs 15:18-26
As the Super Bowl draws near and the NFL ends another season, sports historians will look back at this year and wonder where all the anger came from. Football, after all, is a contact sport. But for some players, the contact on and off the field was dangerous and destructive. Some of the athletes faced charges of domestic violence, and the entire league was forced to grapple with issues of abuse and anger. Football—like all of life—can be ruined by short tempers.
Do you have a short fuse? So did Bible characters. Moses’ temper frequently got him into trouble; and James and John were so hotheaded Jesus called them “sons of thunder.”
If you struggle with this, check to see if your church offers classes or counseling in anger management. But here’s something you can do right now. Read Proverbs 15 and circle every verse dealing with wrath, anger, harsh words, and foolishness. There might be a verse worth memorizing. It might be verse 18: A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays contention.