FOOLPROOF Week 3

Wisdom from Proverbs to keep you from actin'a fool.

Pastor James

“Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.”

Proverbs 19:11 (NLT2)


Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.”  

Proverbs 10:12 (NIV)


“A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.”

Proverbs 15:18 (ESV)


“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.”

Proverbs 17:27 (ESV)


“An angry person starts fights; a hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin.”

Proverbs 29:22 (NLT2)


Short-tempered people do foolish things, and schemers are hated.”

Proverbs 14:17 (NLT2)


“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”

Proverbs 29:11 (NIV)


JESUS SAID...


“You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.” Matthew 5:21-22 (NLT2)



JOHN SAID...


“Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.”

1 John 3:15 (NLT2)


Anger is [only] one letter short of danger.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt


STOP IT!


Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm.”

Psalm 37:8 (NLT2)

DON'T START IT AND YOU WON'T HAVE TO STOP IT.


“The start of a quarrel is like a leak in a dam, so stop it before it bursts.”

Proverbs 17:14 (MSG)


DEFUSE THE ANGER WITH GENTLENESS:


“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)


SEEK WISE COUNSEL AND HELP:


“Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.”

Proverbs 15:22 (NLT2)



"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."

Buddha


DON'T BE FLAMMABLE:


“A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.”

Proverbs 26:21 (NLT2)


“An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.”

Proverbs 18:19 (NIV)


CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS WISELY:


“A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends. A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.”

Proverbs 16:28-29 (NIV)


YOU ARE WHO YOU HANG OUT WITH:


“Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.”

Proverbs 22:24-25 (NLT2)


FOLLOW THE RIGHT LEADERS:


“Violent people mislead their companions, leading them down a harmful path. With narrowed eyes, people plot evil; with a smirk, they plan their mischief. ...Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.”

Proverbs 16:29-30, 32 (NLT2)


Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.

- Benjamin Franklin


YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR ANGER WILL TAKE YOU:


“If you have been a fool by being proud or plotting evil, cover your mouth in shame. As the beating of cream yields butter and striking the nose causes bleeding, so stirring up anger causes quarrels.”

Proverbs 30:32-33 (NLT2)


"Anyone can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not within everyone's power and that is not easy."

- Aristotle

“Interfering in someone else’s argument is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears.”

Proverbs 26:17 (NLT2)



...“don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. ….Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.  Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”

Ephesians 4:26-28, 31-32 (NLT2)



“Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back--in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.”

Frederick Buechner



“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these...But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. ...Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.  Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.”

Galatians 5:19-21a, 22-23a, 25-26 (NLT2)



“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.”

-  Thomas a Kempis