Today’s word prompt is SLOW. Visit Heading Home to read more and link up your own Five Minute Friday post.
“slow to anger”
This is the phrase that came to mind when I read the word slow. God addresses “slow to anger” in several places in the Bible. When you do a search for that phrase on BibleGateway, you get several. These include:
The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
And will not at all acquit the wicked.
The Lord has His way
In the whirlwind and in the storm,
And the clouds are the dust of His feet.
But You are God,
Ready to pardon,
Gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger,
Abundant in kindness,
And did not forsake them.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.
A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention.
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression.
I found this phrase one that sticks in my head and I wondered who it would refer to. There are two cases that I found.
One is God. God is slow to anger BUT he does anger when His children turn from him, disobey him. Thankfully, He is slow to anger because I am certain that my sins could anger Him if He were not the God that He is.
Second is me. Yes, me. I should be slow to anger. Look at all those Proverbs that talk about the man who is slow to anger. He is definitely getting the better end of the stick if he chooses to be slow to anger.
So, that is my goal. Again. I say again because I do often have to fight my temper and my anger. One of my biggest weapons? God’s word. Study. Read. Know. Apply. Repeat. Over and Over.
End. (I am sure I went over time because I didn’t watch the clock. I just kept on writing and thinking.)