How to Bring Calm to the Angry – Proverbs 29

It was fantasy just a short time ago – to think pushing a magic button could produce a perfectly cooked meal in just minutes. Now it’s reality.

It’s magic
When I was a child I believed saying the words “abra cadabra” could make amazing things happen. A few years later TV showed me it could be as easy as twitching the nose or pointing the lightning bolt finger of power.

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photo from pamah. stockxchng

But how do you make someone give up their anger? This might be the hardest accomplishment of all.

“Mockers stir up a city, but the wise turn away anger” (Proverbs 29:8 NIV).

“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end” (verse 11).

It takes wisdom
The Merriam-Webster dictionary says wisdom is the knowledge gained by having many experiences in life. I think it’s clear we also gain wisdom by learning from other people’s experiences, which means we need to take time to observe, take notes, think about what makes sense, draw conclusions and test them, listen to others, and of course, measure all these things against scripture.

Wisdom – Take time to observe, take notes, think about what makes sense, draw conclusions and test them, listen to others, and of course, measure all these things against scripture.

“An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins” (verse 22).

Prayer
Lord, once again I’m seeking your wisdom. Keeping myself focused on you is my priority, but help me learn from the people around me and my circumstances how to help defuse another’s anger. Let your peace and forgiveness rule. Thank you! Amen.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Oregon’s fertile Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for the Warner Press quarterly, Pathways—Moments with God, since 2016 and posts free devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

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