Proverbs 30:33

Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.


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The God-hating professor taunted the philosophy class, “No one in here can prove even one statement of the Bible to be absolutely true.” A sober young man spoke from the back of the room, “I can.” The professor retorted, “Well, here’s your opportunity.” The young man approached the teacher, took the teacher’s nose in his hand, and twisted it hard. The blood ran freely, and the young man quoted this proverb. Give God the glory!

The blessed Creator put laws in His creation and revealed them to men. If the cream from milk is agitated in a churn, it will separate into butter and butter milk. The process has been known from the beginning of the world, and it is as sure and certain as gravity. Poor conditions may make it take longer, but butter will definitely result from churning milk.

The blood vessels in the nose are weak and near the surface. If the nose is hit or twisted hard, these vessels will break and blood will flow from the nose. Nosebleeds are very common, and a simple wringing of the nose is enough to cause this bleeding. As sure and certain as gravity, a twisting of the nose will rupture blood vessels and bring forth blood.

With the same certainty, angry responses to force or defend your cause will create strife. Wrath is anger, and strife is fighting and division. How you deal with anger is whether or not you cause conflict and trouble. “A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife” (Pr 15:18). Angry strife is devilish and from hell; it leads to confusion and every evil work; wise men are peacemakers instead (James 3:13-18).

Everyone gets angry (Mark 3:5), but wise men defer it and pass over offences by others (Pr 19:11). They are glorious men! Wise men do not let anger cause them to sin, and they get rid of it quickly (Eph 4:26). Wise men are slow to wrath (Pr 14:17,29; Jas 1:19). They rule their spirits and do not allow any anger to control them (Pr 16:32). They are great men! They know that anger makes them vulnerable to all kinds of evil (Pr 25:28).

Angry men are dangerous fools. They are always involved in fighting and strife. Avoid them! If you associate with angry men, you will learn their sinful ways and get involved in fighting and trouble (Pr 22:24; 29:22). Anger does not please God, and it is contrary to the righteousness of God (Jas 1:20). It is better to choose friends from faithful and perfect men (Ps 101:6). Life is too short to waste even a day of it in unnecessary anger.

Angry fighting or forcing of wrath can lead to murder. Jesus taught that unnecessary anger is a violation of the Sixth Commandment – thou shalt not kill (Matt 5:21-22). Such bitter anger is a trait of the devil himself, and you give him a place in your life to destroy you, if you do not control your anger and get rid of it (Eph 4:26-27; Jas 3:14-16).

Anger is the mark of a fool (Eccl 7:9). Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous (Pr 27:4). They both lead to strife. Choose to be offended, or even defrauded, rather than get angry (I Cor 6:7). Love your enemies, and treat them well (Matt 5:43-48). You need not defend yourself; God will defend you (Rom 12:19-21). Love peace and gentleness (Jas 3:17-18). Be an example and influence for joy, peace, love, and unity to all those around you.