Better Than The Mighty – Proverbs 16:32

Proverbs 16:32 – He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Students of psychology today sometimes refer to a concept called emotional intelligence.  Emotional intelligence is the ability of an individual to understand and manage their emotions and those of others.   The premise behind emotional intelligence is not new.  The sages of ancient times understood that the ability to control the impulses of the heart were critical to a peaceful and harmonious life.

The proverb above speaks to the truth that discretion in the affairs of the heart make us stronger than those who are ruled by their emotions.  The ability to harness the power of ones feelings is useful in ministry, parenting, marriage, work, study and all manner of relationships.  It gives us insights into our motivations and weaknesses as well as those of others. 

Jesus Christ was always in control of himself.  Even when He was surrounded be adversaries, He demonstrated clarity of mind and purpose.  The Lord always kept the end in view, trusting in the Father to lead Him.  If we will do the same, much of the things that trouble us day to day will fade into the background.  Keep your eyes on heavenly things and earthly troubles will not constrain you including your own emotions.

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