Cool it!

Proverbs 19:11
A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger,
And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.


Keep cool!
Nothing will cook your goose” quicker than a “boiling temper.”

A young person says that someone has “lost his cool” when he acts impulsively, speaks angrily, or in some other way lets his emotions get the better of him.
How many of us have suffered regrets as a result of words or deeds spoken or performed in a moment of uncontrolled wrath!

In Numbers 20:1-13 we have an account of Moses’ actions when he lost his temper.
He became so angry with the incessant complaining of the Israelites that he disobeyed God’s instructions. Instead of speaking to the rock as the Lord had commanded, he bitingly chided the people and used his staff to strike the boulder twice!
His actions so displeased God that Moses was not permitted to lead Israel into the land of Canaan.

How often have you offended the Lord by something you said or did when you “lost your cool”? If this has been a frequent occurrence in your life, the following story may help you:

In a department store a young husband was minding the baby while his wife was making a purchase.
The infant was wailing, but the father seemed quite unperturbed as he quietly said, “Easy now, Albert, control yourself. Keep calm.” Another howl rang out. “Now, now,
Albert,” he murmured, “keep your temper.”
A woman passing by remarked, “I must congratulate you! You seem to know just how to speak to a baby.” “Baby nothing!” came the reply. “MY name is Albert!”

Whenever you are tempted to say or do something rash, cool it! Breathe a prayer, and control your evil inclination. You’ll spare yourself much sorrow and regret.

Angry words in just one moment
Oft bring forth a flood of tears,
And the wounds they have created
May live on for months and years!

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