A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back.” Proverbs 29:11
The Bible talks quite a bit about what a fool is especially in Proverbs. The word fool today usually means “a senseless fellow, a dullard.” The biblical definition has the added dimension of “someone who disregards God’s Word.”
When we disregard God’s Word we too become fools. In the passage today the writer states a “fool vent all his feelings”.
Another translation the King James Version of the Bible says, “A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.”
So the fool vents, speaks or uttereth all his mind or feelings. Often times we all have thoughts on a subject, person or event which can be either negative or positive. Fools are quick to share those thoughts they are often moved by feelings which lead to thoughts.
The passage doesn’t say the fool vents only negative feelings but just feelings. It is important even when sharing positive thoughts that we don’t just vent them to everybody. I’ve shared positive feelings with people that were not ready to receive those thoughts or feelings.
The important thing to remember is fools just speak unregulated by the Word of God. God wants us to not vent all that is on our mind this requires self control and discipline. Romans 12: 2 talks about renewing our mind which helps us to discipline our minds and feelings.
We can discipline our minds to not vent or speak all that we think or know on a particular subject. Venting often times is thought of as sharing all our frustrations about a subject or person. I know I’ve vented before and honestly felt bad afterwards because words can hurt others whether present or not.
Renewing our mind with God’s Word and finding out what God says about our words helps us to discipline ourselves. God wants us to use our words on things that matter not on foolish things. With social media we need to refrain from venting to others about the state of the world and politics as well. Often people will vent on social media platforms rather than to an individual we need to refrain from this too.
”But a wise man holds them back.” The Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary defines wisdom as “knowledge, and the capacity to make due use of it.”
Wikipedia states, “Wisdom is associated with attributes such as unbiased judgment, compassion, experiential self-knowledge, self-transcendence and non-attachment, and virtues such as ethics and benevolence.
I like how Wikipedia says “unbiased judgment, compassion, experiential self-knowledge, and virtues such as ethics and benevolence.” Wise people are big picture people. They look at the big pictures and see that there is more to a subject than is being seen or said.
Often times people make judgments based on their experiences or knowledge of something or someone. It is important to get the whole picture and even then just because someone didn’t respond or do what you thought they should does not mean you vent about it.
All throughout the book of Proverbs it is said that wisdom is looking for someone to embrace it. I want to encourage you today cry out for wisdom ask God to give you wisdom and if you need to share something go to God in prayer.