Verse 11: “The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.”
The weak-minded may be slow to process thoughts and therefore miss good opportunities to be angry. How much better would we be if we had moments of mental slowness? Often times we get angry with someone only to find out that the situation may not have warranted our fire being kindled. On the contrary, we are usually quick to assume that someone has offended us and react quickly. Although I can stand to learn a great deal more, one thing God has continued to stress to me is to be slow not just to anger, but slow also to record the wrong doing. I have much work for God to accomplish in me, but I can tell you that it’s a lot easier to refuse holding something against someone than it is to force yourself to forgive them. Today’s “gold nugget” says, “The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.”
When we choose not to record a wrong doing, there will not be a need for us to forgive them. We need to be quicker to allow their sin to be forgiven by God. Sometimes God forgives people of sin that we hold against them. How ridiculous is that? If we are slower to anger, we may find that we have less people that seem to owe us an apology. Being slow to anger and choosing to look past someone’s short coming and even sin is often the most Christian approach to have. The balance of knowing when to confront someone with their offence and overlooking it because of them being human comes from the attitude within us. If we have an attitude of love, we will be more equipped to know the difference. The next time someone asks you to forgive them, how good would it be if you responded with, "No Charge"?
Lord, you know I have failed you in this area and I ask you to forgive me. Help me to remember that I would be in a world of hurt if people recorded all of my weak moments. Help me to have a spirit of gentleness and mercy when it comes to others weaknesses. Amen
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