Proverbs 14:29 (NLT)
29 People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.

This proverb speaks to those who control their anger versus allowing their anger to flare and explode. Those who take the time to understand an emotional situation and examine it carefully are more likely to control their temper. But the person who allows their temper to run wild without examination shows great foolishness.

During World War II the US submarine Tang surfaced in the dark waters of night near China to fire upon a Japanese convoy. The Tang was down to eight torpedoes and the captain wanted to make sure each found its mark. The first seven torpedoes were released and each one found their target. However, the 8th torpedo suddenly veered off course and headed back directly at the US submarine Tang. Before the sub had a chance to submerge the torpedo struck the Tang and sank it to the bottom of the ocean. When we use hostility toward others we can up destroying our own selves. Holding grudges and anger towards another can have devastating effects. It’s been shown holding in anger can cause physical problems, such as headaches, ulcers, and high blood pressure. The Lord tells us that “vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord!” Instead of taking anger into our own hands let us learn to turn it over to God to handle. Learn to control your anger through understanding of what the Lord would have you to do.