A prudent person overlooks an insult

March 11th, 2010

Proverbs 12:16 says, “A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult”.

We have all had situations where we have been insulted on purpose or when someone who has said some to us that caused us angst. It is a part of life and living with others.

In today’s verse it talks about showing annoyance straight away or overlooking it. It even goes as far as saying a prudent person overlooks an insult.

Is this verse telling us to repress our feelings or when we are hurt to not speak up? No. I think it is telling us to filter what comes our way, take our time and then respond accordingly.

Our goal should not be to respond instinctively or irrationally. Many friendships have been damaged forever as a result of a quick or angry response. After all we may have misheard what was said!

As the Bible tells us in this verse, “A prudent person overlooks an insult”.

God Bless,