Day 29 – Proverbs 29
“A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.” Proverbs 29:11
A common practice of the Internet age is to rant about everything. The social media platform has allowed us the liberty to say whatever we want, whenever we want. Facebook even has the “add how you’re feeling” button which makes it even easier to express our emotions on our status updates. People moan about politics, sports, racism, bad driving, poor service or any inconvenience they may have experienced.
It’s not wise to publicise all your feelings or make your private business known. Emotions can be one of the hardest things to control particularly when someone has genuinely wronged you or treated you unfairly. It is so tempting to tell the world and feel justified when people side with you. Concealing the way we feel can prevent a lot of trouble and embarrassment. “Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city” Proverbs 16:32
In sport, opponents try to frustrate you in order to beat you. The idea is, if he gets you angry, then you will lose concentration and he can capitalize. If you remain calm and focused, those tactics won’t work. Exercising self-control and humility will cause us to rise above the challenge! “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around looking for someone to devour” 1 Peter 5:8
It may seem foolish, but keeping quiet can win a lot of our battles and prevent us from a lot of regret. Relationships can get damaged and reputations spoiled simply by failing to control our feelings “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished” Proverbs 27:12
Heavenly Father, your Word teaches that a Man of knowledge restrains his words and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. Teach us not to vent all our feelings but to hold them back. We can avoid so much trouble and embarrassment if we just kept quiet. Help us to choose the battles we fight and to approach them with wisdom and a sound strategy so that the enemy doesn’t frustrate us and defeat us. Help us to be slow to anger and abounding in patience.
In Jesus name…