“A fool vents all his feelings,” but a wise man holds them back” (Proverbs 29:11).
How many times have you yelled out hateful words in anger? If you are human, I’m sure you’ve done this quite a few times. The end results are usually guilt, regret, or a broken relationship. These are all unhealthy circumstances to wallow in, therefore we must use discretion and self-control when we are dealing with high emotions that we feel we have to release in haste and anger. (Proverbs 19:11) explains, “The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.” Let your light shine in the midst of a heated debate. Sometimes some things are better left unsaid or spoken when emotions are not at high tide.
Additionally, we do not always have to be in the midst of a heated debated to vent feelings that may not have a rewarding end. Sometimes we can be in a midst of a power struggle with a toddler or teenager, and at other times we can be venting about frustrations at work with another co-worker or about our husbands or wives with a dear friend.
From this day forward, let’s take the time to assess the situation, calm our emotions, and decide whether some things are better left unsaid or fit to address at a later date.