March 13 Hotheads

Police in Jacksonville, Florida, charged a woman with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after she brandished a sword during a dispute over a parking space in a discount store parking lot.

Mildred Philips (name changed for privacy) told police she was actually a trained swordswoman, and was only trying to frighten the other driver after she had taken Mildred’s parking spot.

The arrest report says Philips approached the other driver, and heated words were exchanged. Mildred got out her sword, and waved it around.

No one was hurt, but the police wasted no time in charging Philips with a crime.1

Proverbs 14:17 tells us that “A quick-tempered man acts foolishly.”

A person who is short-tempered will do and say things that are ridiculous and foolish. They expose themselves to contempt and shame.

In the Hebrew, “quick-tempered” is literally “short of nostrils,” or “one who snorts,” vividly describing how outbursts of temper lead to foolish words and actions. 

“People who fly into a rage, always make a bad landing.”2

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  1. “Coffee News,” Volume 1, No. 20, Trinity, Holiday, New Port Richey, Port Richey, FL, Edition, February 19, 2007, Front Page
  2. Will Rogers, “Readers Digest,” October 1971