“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” – The Old Testament, Proverbs 29:11
This verse is very straightforward. While anger can be justified, indeed even God gets angry, giving full vent to that anger without showing restraint is a very foolish thing to do. If you are a wise man, you are very slow to anger, and it takes a great deal to set you off. And even if you do get set off, keeping yourself under control is the embodiment of wisdom.
Do you remember the story of the Amish who visited a child murderer’s family and prayed with and for them after the Amish School Shooting, literally hours after he had murdered their children? That, is the embodiment of this verse. And the embodiment of Godly love. They had every right to be angry and to hate. And they admitted to being angry. But they also had Biblical wisdom, and knew that God forgives and God loves. He calls us to love even when there is no clear reason to love. You love, and that love trumps your anger, because it is a commandment from God to love our fellow man. It does not say to love them only when they are doing right, or doing what you approve of. Quite the opposite in fact. Judgment is God’s, our commandment is to Love.