A fool gives full vent to his spirit.
“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.” Proverbs 29:11
A fool gives full vent to his spirit. Or as other translations put it, gives full vent to his rage. Or always loses his temper.
The world says speaking your mind, making a show of your unrestrained emotions, is strength. God’s Word says it’s foolishness — and not just a stupid kind of foolish but a destructive, evil, sinful, wicked, anti-God kind of foolish.
And the wise man doesn’t just stuff his anger in, waiting for a more calculated opportunity to unleash his sin. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. It’s perspective, it’s meekness, it’s Christlike, it’s godly strength. No venting is needed, because no sinful response is surging against the lid of the wise man’s mouth. Rather there is peace within. Trust. Humility.
I need to remember this toward my husband and children especially. I’ve been giving full vent to the filth in my heart lately.
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh…The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…and those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:16, 22-24
Mid-way through writing that last verse, Cub pooped for the second time this morning in his pants and the cleaning, reminding, wiping, etc., ensued.
God has a promise to keep regarding my sanctification. And He will keep it, using all kinds of circumstances in my life, whether great or potty-accidents-small.