Proverbs for Wednesday: Acting the Fool

(Written by Ray Smith)

Last Wednesday we saw how a fool is defined by what they say. Today we see that a fool is also defined by how they act. Behaviour defines foolishness. Let’s examine just 3 proverbs that show us how we can act the fool; by being angry, quarrelsome, and reckless.

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. – Proverbs 29:11.

A foolish person is one who cannot and does not exercise self-control. They are unable to put their foot on the brake.

It is to a man’s honour to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. –  Proverbs 20:3

The wise path is to check ourselves in situations where an argument may develop. We need to actually go out of our way to avoid it; making a detour, and taking a different route.

A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil, but a fool is hot-headed and reckless.– Proverbs 14:16

A fool observes no ‘speed limits’ and therefore careers out of control.

Anger, quarrelling and recklessness are causes and expressions of foolishness. Each of these actions are fruits of sinful nature. They are at war against the Spirit opposing the fruit of the Spirit.

For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other. – Galatians 5:17

We can all act foolishly at times, but that doesn’t necessarily make us a fool. We have the Spirit’s grace and strength to correct our behaviour and keep ourselves under control. Paradoxically, if we can discern our foolish behaviour, then we are wise. The foolish person is one who is controlled by their foolish impulses and acts them out.

A fool? We know one when we see one.

PRAYER: Father, forgive us for any recent times when we have lost self-control and acted the fool .Give us that extra measure of Your grace when we feel angry and desire to quarrel . Give us discernment to know when a situation is developing in a way where it is not going to end well.

We praise you that you are Lord and have given us your Holy Spirit to empower us and grow the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. In Jesus Name, AMEN


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