Discretion Defers Anger

Proverbs 19:11

“The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.”

A person with discretion carefully examines his emotions and responses to others, and makes sure that they are all well-ordered according to the Scriptures. He would not allow his emotions to be expressed contrary to the counsels of God’s Word. Even when he is hurt by unreasonable people, he would not let his emotions run wild and allow himself to burst into fury and rage – “The discretion of a man deferreth his anger”.

When he let the counsels of God control and guide his feelings, speech and actions, he becomes patient and forbearing even towards those who hurt him. As the above verse teaches us, the person with discretion will find inner strength, wisdom and peace to act with forbearance towards those who hurt him.

When we keep our tempers in check, as the Bible counsels us, we not only refuse to start quarrels (even when we are badly hurt), but we would also “pass over” the offence done. When anger is wisely deferred, the outbursts are eliminated; instead, forgiveness and godliness are exercised.

Prabhudas Koshy