Transformed Spirit

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.       Proverbs 29:11

There are people who have opinions about everything and insist on telling you all they know about a subject without stopping to listen to anyone else’s perspective. It is that type of person who will angrily share every thought without considering what they are saying or who they hurt along the way. The words of a foolish person can foment conflict and even incite others to anger, which could result in violence.  

A wise person understands that what he knows about something may not necessarily be pertinent at a given time. Some things are better left unsaid or said later, at a time when tempers and emotions are not running high. “A soft answer turns away wrath” (Proverbs 15:1). Peter wrote about this divine nature in his second letter, possibly while he himself was imprisoned in Rome. He encourages the new believers to realize that the grace and peace given to them through Christ can transform their lives. The grace of God will empower them to live righteously in the face of opposition. 

Peter had drawn the sword in the Garden of Gethsemane, but he was the one who spoke to the crowd on the day of Pentecost with wisdom and a transformed spirit. He had learned self-control. His faith had been tested, and he always spoke of the blood-bought salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Good news! If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, the Holy Spirit lives in you and gives you His power to respond to circumstances in a godly way. Pray for the nation’s governing officials to wisely speak words that elicit calm, peace, and unity of spirit. 

Today’s Verse: Proverbs 29:11

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, 
    but a wise man quietly holds it back. 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recommended for further reading: 2 Peter 1:3-11 

3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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