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Proverbs 14:17 NIV

“A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and the one who devises evil schemes is hated.”

Remember the old rule, “count to 10 before you respond”? It was good, maybe even great counsel at those times when anger or frustration threatened to make us overreact in the heat of the moment. No telling how many bad things were avoided by that advice. I’m afraid many more poor decisions were made because it was not adhered to. This advice may be best for parents or employers. Road rage could certainly often be mitigated by taking the suggestion to heart. Similarly James advises us to be slow to become angry. Solomon goes beyond this person and addresses an even worse type of individual. It is almost understandable that a person can react too quickly and bring about results both the perpetrator and the victim regret. However, the person who actually plots and schemes to do evil is inexcusable and detestable. I’ve seen this done and so have you. It is Satan in the garden, the Pharisees plotting to kill Jesus and me when I want to get even or teach someone a lesson. Yep me. I suggest we have all had times we strategized how to repay someone for mistreating us or someone we care about. It almost feels right doesn’t it? Might I suggest that until we are wrongfully accused, judged in a mockery of a trial, condemned and nailed to a cross all while being 100% innocent that we learn to forgive and quietly move past whatever perceived or real injustice we have endured. Today overlook and forgive. #BeTheEdge

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” James 1:19 NIV

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