8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.
8 Scorners set a city aflame, but wise men turn away anger. (NASB)
Way back in Bible times, specifically in the first decades of the Church after Christ’s ascension into Heaven, there were people who were a bit of rabble-rousers.
In Acts 19 Paul was preaching about Jesus Christ to the people of Ephesus. One of the greatest temples of ancient times, the Temple of Artemis, was in Ephesus, and when the silversmith Demetrius saw many Artemis-worshipers becoming Christ-worshipers he got a mob together. He set their hearts aflame for murder of those who would steal from Artemis (and their pockets, seeing as fewer people would be buying their idols).
When the mob was at a fever pitch, it was a city clerk who talked reason to the people. He calmed them and sent them away.
Who are you?
Galatians chapter five tells us that Christians should live the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control“.
Do you live like Demetrius? Are you a person who only watches out for your own good? Do you insight others when you do not get your way? Do you complain about every little thing, such as French fries that are not hot enough; something over the wrong, cheaper price tag in a store; a customer service person was rude to you for not automatically giving you free things over your mistake; the church carpet is too ugly; or someone may have inadvertently insulted some people group?
Or do you live like Christ? Do you seek to spread love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and goodness? Do you display forgiveness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control?
Are you a Demetrius or a clerk? Are you a tyrant or a servant?
Dear Lord, give us the grace and strength to be peace-makers wherever we go. By Your Holy Spirit, give us wisdom in every situation.