“Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.”

Proverbs 16:32

The process of spiritual growth is often counterintuitive. What seems like strength, God may count as weakness, and vice versa. We read of this in today’s proverb which reminds us of the inherent strength to be found in the virtue of self-control. We often associate might with those who speak their mind, who command a room with their presence and charisma, who speak loudly and authoritatively. Our culture instinctively rewards such expressions of power with high positions of leadership and influence.

While the Bible certainly commands us to speak up when it is appropriate (see Galatians 2:11), knowing how to control ourselves is a sure sign of wisdom. When we learn to temper our reactions, we are better able to focus our efforts towards productive solutions. We find that we can build others up with our words, actions, and attitudes rather than tearing them down.

As a magnifying glass harnesses the sun’s diffused rays into one concentrated beam, so harnessing our righteous anger can produce a truly powerful effect.

Scripture Focus

Galatians 5:16-26


Reflect today on how God restrained His own righteous anger towards sinners until the time came when He sent His Son into the world for us.

Bible In A Year

  • Jeremiah 3-4
  • Psalm 105
  • Romans 1-2