Some really great counsel from Proverbs 14:28-29:
In a multitude of people is a king’s honor, But in the lack of people is the downfall of a prince. 29 He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly.
If we could just live according to the wisdom of verse 29 we would be so much better off. How many times have we all acted quickly or impulsively without thinking or without thinking much and then realized that we were wrong? We realized that we didn’t fully understand the situation or the circumstances. We’ve all done that and when we do we fulfill the last half of verse 29. We “exalt folly” or better, we “display” folly. Yet, when we are slow to wrath, slow to get emotional about a situation or circumstance, things go better. We essentially gain understanding simply by waiting and watching to see what happen. Isn’t this so true?
If you are an impulsive person in regard to your anger or emotions please take this to heart. If you are an impulsive shopper, there are other verses which can help you as well J But take these words and mull them over in your mind. What benefit do you get by acting quickly? Why not take a day to pray about it? Why not take a couple of hours to try to look at the situation from a different perspective? In almost every case you will be glad that you waited….you will literally gain great understanding. Try it…you’ll like it!