“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”
Maybe I’ve been going about this backwards. I try to be slow to anger. But perhaps I should focus instead on having good sense.
The order in this verse is “Good sense makes one slow to anger,” not “Those slow-to-anger show good sense” (although that is also true).
Too often I focus on wanting to eliminate the behavior. And become discouraged when I don’t. It’s a rotten piece of my heart that needs excising instead. The piece that doesn’t use good sense.
Good sense (Hebrew: sekel) means intelligence, insight, discretion, prudence, understanding, wisdom.
So seeking wisdom (which, personified, is Jesus himself) is the route to slowing my anger. And the way to become beautifully embellished is to not get hot-headed over every little offense.
Jesus sure didn’t. Even when on trial for his life, his ability to maintain silence and not revert to defending his reputation impressed Pilate (Matthew 27:13-14).
Jesus impresses me, too.
I want to be more like him. That’s good sense.
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revised from the archives
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