First, we see characteristics of a fool.
• causes chaos (v 8 )
• is angry and rude in a disagreement (v 9)
• hates the upright (v 10)
• has no control over passions/emotions (v 11)
We have all, no doubt, been in the presence of such a person. Or, most likely, have been that person at some point in our lives.
BUT – what stood out to me was not the ways of the foolish. It was that there is more hope for the fool – the chaos creating, rude, hateful, let it all hang out person – than for the man hasty with his words (v 20).
Self control is a fruit of the Spirit. We need self control:
- with our emotions (v 11)
- with our words (v 20)
- specifically with our anger (v 22)
Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry (James 1:19).
Quick. Slow. Slow.
That is the rhythm of a godly life.