Today’s Scripture: Proverbs 13:13; 1 Peter 5:5-6
When a person unleashes anger, he says and does things he later regrets. We can’t retrieve our words or undo our actions. What’s said is said, and what’s done is done.
Uncontrolled anger creates other issues—like stubbornness. Two researchers discovered that people who show uncontrolled anger are more likely to stubbornly support their initial decision, even if they know they were wrong. The researchers concluded that anger fosters a sense of control, lowers perceptions of risk, and makes people less willing to admit mistakes. Sounds like pride to me.
Solomon cautioned, “He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded.” If you feel your ire rising when you’re corrected by someone, take a step back before you say or do something regretful. People with angry spirits are often unteachable—another sign that pride might be standing in the way.
Speaking of being stubborn, imagine the role God plays as He resists the proud. But, thank God, He always offers a way of escape by giving grace to the humble.
- How do you equate stubbornness with anger?
- If a person says or does the wrong thing out of anger, what should he do to repair the damage?