He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly. (Proverbs 14:29)
Mankind for the most part is extremely impulsive. He allows words to flow freely from his lips, without giving much thought to their wake. He makes purchases he cannot afford by catering to the flesh. Because of desire, he makes promises he cannot keep. By way of emotion, he gives of his time and resources to heart-felt causes. He says, “yes” without weighing the cost of his agreed affirmation. Impulse truly exalts folly. On the other hand, he who is slow to respond emotionally has understanding. The patient think before they speak, make purchases, or promises they cannot keep. They give of their time and resources prayerfully and obediently. They keep their word because their word was given with much thought. Thus, the only difference between the impulsive and the patient is the ability to understand the consequences of each.