“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.”
Somebody with a short fuse that “goes off” at every little thing is, well, an idiot.
But how is it that someone who is slow to get angry, or – to say it another way, doesn’t “fly off the handle” – how is it that this person has great understanding?
To me, that just seems a little odd. The idiot who has a short fuse – that’s folly. I get that.
But why would the writer of this Proverb say that it takes great understanding to be slow to get angry?
There really can be only answer if you think about it: A person who is slow to anger understands that flying off the handle never solves anything. Having a hasty temper only makes things worse (“exalts folly”). Keeping your cool in the midst of a tense, frustrating, offended moment – however – unveils tremendous understanding of how things work.
No one’s opinion is going to change while being yelled at by an irate idiot.
No one’s heart is going to melt while being blasted with loud words.
No situation is all of a sudden going to be resolved and made better on the other side of a temper tantrum.
A man of understanding is very slow to get angry because – ultimately – he knows how life works. He knows how relationships operate. He knows that there are many times he cannot control the circumstance, but he can control himself.
Think over the past 24 hours. What would you be described as: an idiot or a person of understanding?
What do you need to remind yourself of right now that will move you toward being that person of understanding?