Proverbs 12:16 A fool’s wrath is known at once, But a prudent man covers shame. (NKJV)
Foolishness could be defined as a lack of wisdom. Foolish behavior manifests itself in many different forms and choices.
“A fool’s wrath is known at once…” In other words, fools shoot off their mouths every time they feel like it, especially when they are mad, offended or insulted. Fools will often be heard bragging about how they “say what’s on their mind” or “tell it like it is.”
Why is a sharp tongue so foolish? What is wrong about it?
” It reveals a lack of self control
” It demonstrates a person who has not learned temperance, and meekness
” It means this person hasn’t matured past the point of being constantly on guard of their feelings
” It is clear that “self interest” is their top priority, that self has not been “crucified in Christ”
People who are easily or frequently annoyed and irritated are primarily motivated by concern for themselves. They become annoyed when others speak ill of them or do not say what “should” have been said. They are characterized by irritation and frustration when events happen that are not of personal interest or do not personally benefit them. They quickly show their impatience and voice criticism when things don’t happen exactly the way they expect them to.
A foolish person is easily irritated or annoyed, and he will surely tell you all about it.
In addition, they will almost always have a great reason for their irritation, and they will be glad to tell you about that as well.
On the contrary, a wise man is thoughtful in response, and as a rule, overlooks insults or offenses. The wise man has eternal interests at heart and is more concerned with leading the other person closer to God. The wise man is not concerned with making sure everyone knows he is mad or offended. This wise person sees others through the Lord’s eyes and discerns the spiritual need that is underlying the behavior. A wise man loves others enough to see past the offense and into the sin that needs to be dealt with.
1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” (NKJV)
The fool is worried about personal feelings. The wise man is concerned with helping the offender turn to God. The fool sees his own critical impatience as merited and justified. The wise man gives no thought to how he personally feels, but seeks to discern only what God would do.
Philippians 2:3-4 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (NKJV)
If you find yourself easily offended and often irritated, and you make sure everyone around you knows about it, then you need to examine who is sitting on the throne of your life. Being quick to anger and frequently annoyed at people are evidence that “self interest” is the king of your life, not Christ.