A Wise Reaction
James 1:19-20 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worth not the righteousness of God.”
Proverbs 14:29 “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty in spirit exalteth folly.”
We have all been guilty of “flying off the handle,” or losing our cool from time to time. In those instances, we often look back with much regret about how we reacted in that situation. That’s because our actions were likely foolish. Our human nature usually has us react to situations quickly and in turn, unwisely. As we grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord, we should find ourselves reacting slower and wiser. Take a step back, consider the situation from both or all sides, consider how God’s Word reflects upon the situation and try to discern the wisest reaction. God gave Solomon and James the wisdom to write these instructions because we need to be challenged and reminded that a quick reaction is never the best action. Sometimes clarity comes from patience.