Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.
Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him. Proverbs 14:29-31
I love the song by Elvis Costello with the lyrics “What’s so funny ’bout, peace love and understanding”. While some will mock these emotions or concepts, they are powerful and worthy of our pursuit. How can a heart be filled with anger, envy and greed? Its more natural than the alternative. Solomon warns that these are detrimental, but far too common. Instead of a hasty temper, he advises us to be ‘slow to anger’ which will lead us to great understanding. I have sure found that true in my life. There are two sides to every story. Instead of jealously or envy (the proverbial green eyed monster), we can have a tranquil heart that comes from contentment. This becomes health to our bones! And lastly, a life of generosity will prevent us from callously oppressing the poor and thus insulting our Maker.
What advice most fits my mindset today? How can I need to guard against anger, envy, or greed?
God as this day begins, I am heeding your warnings from scripture and setting my mind on understanding, tranquility, and generosity. Thank you for meeting my deepest needs. I pray for my friend Roy’s recovery and health- please continue to give him a good appetite. I pray for my momma, the same. Strengthen her and make it possible for me to spend time with her today. Thank you my wife and kids, cause them to thrive today as well.