Do you have spiritual discretion brewing or anger left to simmer?
The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. (Proverbs 19:11 KJV)
Anger held within us is like forming a festering time bomb inside of us. On the other hand anger that is purposely defused or passed over is like removing the wick or fuse rendering it inoperable; not allowing the anger to boil over and spill into our lives and the lives of others.
A man who has discretion will not immediately boil in rage over at another’s sin but rather choose to remain unhampered and godly in his action; preferring a showing of love rather than high strung emotion at another’s outward display of sinful action.
All it takes is one moment to think back upon how God treated you in your own sin to render the same treatment towards another who has chosen to sin against the holiness of God. This heavenly perspective keeps our focus upon the great mercy and grace of God rather than upon failure and sinfulness of mankind. There is no man that lives a perfect sinless life this side of heaven but many who are caught, often unaware, in the disgrace of sin.
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8 KJV)
God does not want us to cover another’s sin, or for us to react out of proportion, or in a sinful manner towards another’s sin. God desires His own spiritual family to treat brothers and sisters with unconditional love, spiritual dignity, and respect; remembering they also have been given grace by God. All children of God face spiritual opposition and must battle their flesh because the temptation to sin is ever present on this earth as spiritual perfection does not come until entering in the eternal realm in the presence of God.
Fervent love covers many spiritual ills leading to spiritual growth, robust health, and a closer relationship with God. Lighting a fuse filled with anger and frustration towards another, on the other hand, leads to an unhealthy relationship with Christ, with our brother or sister in Christ, and stagnant spiritual growth.