A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
A Hot-Tempered Person
I love how our verse is stated in the ESV – “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.”
We all know someone who is a hot-head. Someone who is easily provoked or short-fused. They become angry at the drop of a hat. The old saying, “Some people get angry at the drop of a hat and some throw the hat down themselves” is so true of our verse.
Solomon is telling us that those wrathful, hot-headed people are only going to cause more problems and strife.
The Calming Solution
Our verse today is not the first verse we have seen in Proverbs 15 that talks about how to deal with wrathful people. Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger”.
Solomon is basically telling us that the best way to “keep the peace” is to be calm or slow to anger.
It’s Our Choice
I can sit here and write this post about being calm the next time I am faced with someone who is trying to stir things up or that is angry with me, but when it actually happens, I have two choices: 1. I can become angry at the person and “stir the pot” even more, or 2. I can stay calm and carefully choose my words. It is up to me!
How will you deal with a hot-tempered person? If you are normally a hot-headed person, how will you respond the next time you have a tendency to “throw down the hat”?