Hastiness: Acting with excessive speed or insufficient consideration.”
We’ve all tasted the bitter regret that can follow reacting too hastily. Results range from inconsequential to funny to lasting remorse. The Lord cautions against hasty responses. Acting in haste can produce shame and distress (Pro. 25:8, 29:20; Eccles. 5:2; Jas. 1:19-20). Here are two tips to help you control unhealthy hastiness.
Consider the Motivation
Repeated hastiness often comes from a short circuit in our faith. We jump to control a situation or acquiesce to pressure based on how we feel in the moment.
A young mother said she’s driven to make others happy and wants them to be pleased with her. This causes her to be overly accommodating and lets others take advantage of her. The impulse to please overrides the gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit.Repeated hastiness often comes from a short circuit in our faith. #PersonalGrowth, #hope Click To Tweet
When I feel pressured or uncertain about what to do, I need to pause (Pro. 25:28). Wisdom provides a good life, and wisdom comes from fearing the Lord and understanding the situation. Time spent in contemplation and prayer helps me understand what’s going on (Pro. 2:2-15; Neh. 2:4).
In an uncomfortable disagreement, I impulsively try to prove I am right or quickly apologize to avert an argument. However, true peace usually comes only when I pause to fully listen and acknowledge I need time to think about what’s happened.
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