Christianity on November 9th
A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. – Proverbs 29:11
For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. – James 1:20
Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. – Proverbs 19:11
Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. – Ecclesiastes 7:9
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. – Proverbs 15:1
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. – Ephesians 4:31
The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult. – Proverbs 12:16
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. – Proverbs 16:32
But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. – Matthew 5:22
There is no such thing as meaningless anger. Sometimes we need to blow off some steam, but even that has it’s effects. Anger is powerful. The words we use toward others on social media and in our conversations leave a little stamp on us as well. The proof is in the Proverb; we must not speak out of anger.
In less than two weeks, our country will elect a new leader. Just as you let God dictate your vote on November 8th, let Him also dictate your words on November 9th. While the outcome of this election is vitally important, it is not so important as the state of our souls.
Let’s choose to value ourselves, our community, and our country.
Let us value the right we each have to let our voice be heard and use it to mend what will undoubtedly be a divided nation.