Anger “works”. Anger can get people to conform, get problems resolved, and produce desired results. But, the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God (James 1:20). Dad’s yelling may get the kinds to be quiet, at least when they are little, but it won’t draw them to God or to dad. A wife’s temper may compel her husband to conform to her desires, but it won’t draw her husband to Christ or to her. Anger works in certain ways, but it fails in the important matters. The book of Proverbs tells us why the path of anger leads to failure: anger is a manifestation of foolishness.
Within the book of Proverbs anger is often blatantly paired with foolishness. Chapter fourteen gives several examples of this pairing:
A man of quick temper acts foolishly,
and a man of evil devices is hated. (v. 17)
Whoever is slow to…
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