(Proverbs 14:17 KJV) He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
A fool “dealeth” (acts NASB) (6213a) “foolishly” (200). How? Other places we see other examples but here it focuses on being “quick-tempered” (7116/639).
The KJV correctly breaks this down into two words. “Soon” (7116) means short. “Angry” (639), while usually translated anger, can mean face, nostril or nose. So literally it means having a short face. You can just see the look of rage that overcomes a face like this. We might use the term short fuse.
It is clear that this is wrong. While anger can have a place in a godly life, a short fuse is the mark of a lack of discipline and focus. I have certain things that set me off. I struggle with them. If I don’t they will dilute my spiritual life to the point of danger. I am starting with the triggers that come with great regularity, like crazy, narcissistic, dangerous drivers. I am praying for a different attitude and while I wait working on discipline.
So? How is your fuse? Is it burning short lately? Join me in the battle. Repent, pray, focus, change.