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verse 32: “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.”

What’s the difference between an electric range oven and a gas range oven, besides the obvious power source? Speed of heat. You see, you turn on a gas range and POOF, instant flame, instant heat. You turn on an electric range, and it takes a little while for the eye on the stove to come to heating temperature. In today’s world, more people are like gas ranges than electric ranges. Instant everything; they want instant news, instant results, and sometimes reactions are instant.

Solomon was saying that for one who can control their temper and can maintain reign over spirit, it is they who are better than the mightiest soldier who could capture a city. Sometimes, we only have one chance to make a first impression; sometimes, it can take one instant of lost control to ruin a lifetime’s reputation.

The story goes that a preacher had two clear jars on his pulpit as an object lesson for his congregation; both had liquid in them. Both liquids look yellowish, but that’s all the casual observer could see from the pews. Only after the jars were tipped over was it revealed that one contained honey…and the other contained vinegar. The preacher’s point was that you don’t know how people will react until they are…upset.

When there are trying times (and there will be!), pray to God to give you that control you need. After all, He might be using that moment to test if you are honey or vinegar….both look the same from a distance, but oh how different they are!

Have a blessed day!

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