It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife,
but every fool is quick to quarrel.
He stormed into the convenience store and started dressing me down because my front left tire was on the stripe next to a handicapped parking space. I responded in kind: told him he was rude, unworthy of the badge he was wearing, needed to take a course in sensitivity training—and threw the usual at him, “Why don’t you spend your time and taxpayers’ money going after the real criminals?”
As soon as I said it, I wished I hadn’t. “A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person quietly holds it back” (Prv 29:11).
“The fruit of the Spirit is . . . gentleness and self-control” (Gal 5:22, 23).
All we achieve by heated response is
to make ourselves the equal of the offender.