Book: Proverbs 19
“Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.”
Controlling one’s temper takes discipline but it also results in clear thinking. When our emotions take the lead in response to being wronged, our thinking is at best cloudy and we tend to make poor decisions. But a person who can stay disciplined enough to not allow their emotions to lead them in making poor decisions has the ability to overlook those little things and gain honor. They don’t seek revenge or take offense.
I was at the gas station the other day and there was a line up. You will notice that some cars have their gas tank on the left side and some on the right side. There were two lines coming together and everyone knew which vehicle would go next. I was in the front of one line and there was a truck in front of the other. The truck was next but the car behind him pulled out and went ahead of both of us into a right side fill stall. I felt a little ticked off as it looked like they were jumping the cue. The car driver had realized that the truck was waiting for a gas stall where he could fill up on the left side and the car wanted a right side stall. I was willing to take either side stall as our car is small and the pump hose will reach both sides. The car driver had not realized this and so had cut in ahead of me. Even though this is a small thing I had to do a check on my response.
Each day there are many things we can get offended about but it is our decision how we deal with these things. Probably most of them we would just brush off and not even take notice of them but there are times when we need to choose self-control and be slow to anger.
Most people do not like being around someone with a “short fuse” or who are quick tempered. God calls us to be the opposite and be people of grace. Remember the grace He has shown you.
Take time to ask God to help you be a person of grace who can overlook wrongs. Be aware that He may give you opportunity to show grace very soon!