A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention (Proverbs 15:18, NKJV). Clearly one can see there is a contrast of spirits. The one who is slow to anger is not only in control of his emotions, but also his words. The one who is slow to anger has fewer regrets also because he does not have to look behind him and see the damage he brought about, needing to “clean up.” This is not so with the wrathful man. This man is angry (wrathful) continually, or nearly so; he not only sets himself apart from others, but even if he desired to have good relations, the old ways begin to surface until strife and tension is the norm. He is surely a lonely man! The solution is within, that is, he must resolve to change by allowing a new guide to direct. What better guide than the Lord Jesus (John 14:6).
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred (Proverbs 15:17, NKJV). Have you ever been around a person who longs for acceptance, or love? Certainly you have. The experience of love is that quality in life that encourages a person to walk securely knowing that whatever failures there might be in his or her life there will still be acceptance. On the other hand, those who long from something they feel they do not have (and cannot get) will produce for themselves false security and acceptance. All the while, on the inside, there is bitterness and loneliness. They seek to please, but they do not always know how best to do so, so they love only as they know how – and it is not love at all.