Do you know someone who just lives life steeped in anger? It may sound silly, but think about it for real. Do you know anyone who is quick to start a fight as opposed to resolving it? Does the music they listen to on a regular basis celebrate or glorify altercation? Can you spend time with them without having to walk on egg shells for fear of provoking them in some insignificant way? This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 22:24 — 25 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go; 25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
The Bible already instructs us as individuals to be slow to anger. In this text, the Word of God takes it even further and tells us to not keep company with people predisposed to anger or who bear a furious disposition. Although it is possible to maintain one’s composure while filled with anger, it is extremely difficult to do so. If you have noticed in life, anger has a tendency to cause trouble. This is why we hear horrible stories in the news of people snapping and harming — sometimes even killing — others. Although it is not always that severe, anger can certainly make people do and say things they would not otherwise do or say. I imagine these are the very reasons our Heavenly Father takes special care to explicitly tell us “Sin not in your anger.” It only follows that if God instructs us to be slow to anger for ourselves, He would not then want us to go about keeping company with people who revel in fury. If not for our well-being, God does not want us picking up the bad habit and corrupting our character.
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