Biblical Reflections: Ecclesiastes 7:9

Ecclesiastes 7:9 – Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Foolishness is an age old problem.  So many issues of life could be solved if we exercised wisdom. Sadly we hastily grow angry so often because we have either failed to seek God’s will or actively rebelled against Him rushing into things better left alone.  As a result of bucking against His purpose and design our actions are frustrated, and so are we.

Jesus avoided anger coming from foolishness, because He never rebelled against the Heavenly Father.  The only time we have record of the Savior showing any anger was when He drove the money changers from the Temple.  His righteous anger came from the pollution of God’s House of Prayer.  Not only were these people flaunting their greed, they were directly taking advantage of those who came to worship and offer sacrifice.  His anger was justified, because He was establishing the will of the Father by His actions.

When we act in anger, it is too often for selfish reasons and from a lack of patience. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath” (Eph. 4:26). Festering, boiling hatred is like a terminal disease. It is miserable and deadly. In stead let us be kind one to another forgiving one another as God, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven us (Eph. 4:32).

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