If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great errors to rest.Ecclesiastes 10:4
Haven’t you found this to be true? When you meet anger with anger, bad things are bound to happen! But when your response to anger is a calm spirit and calm behavior, the situation will usually diffuse quite quickly! Often times anger is a response to a perceived injustice, but when calmness prevails, the one angered often learns that the perception is unjustified.
How do you respond when another person’s anger rises against you? A few years ago my son and I became embroiled in a battle of the wills. He was around 3 at the time. I don’t remember the specifics of what started the battle, but I remember we were both really angry and both determined to “win.” I sent him to his room, so he started trashing his room. So I started removing things from his room. By the time the dust cleared, he was the only thing left in his room — everything else was in the hall! I did “win” the batlle, but I really lost, didn’t I? I also learned that when I met his anger with anger, things only became worse. I have since learned that if I meet his anger with calm, firm direction, things go much, much better.
So let me finish with this:
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:8