Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Interact, Don't React - July 22, 2014

Proverbs 15:1-3 (New Living Translation)
1 A gentle answer deflects anger,
but harsh words make tempers flare.

2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing,
but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.

3 The Lord is watching everywhere,
keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.

James 1:19-20 (New International Reader's Version)
19 My dear brothers and sisters, pay attention to what I say. Everyone should be quick to listen. But they should be slow to speak. They should be slow to get angry. 20 A man's anger doesn't produce the kind of life God wants.

Aren't you tired of watching politics these days? It seems that for the many years, all we get from our politicians is bickering back and forth, without ever resolving the issues at hand. What makes matters worse is the news media loves to spin what ever division there is, relishing in the demise of those it disagrees with. If we aren't careful, we get caught up in these same arguments.

Anger that produces harsh words is a problem that we all have to deal with from time to time. In both the Old and New Testament, God is very clear on how he would like His creation to behave with one another. In all situations we need to keep in mind that God places very high value on the person we are dealing with, whether good or bad.

With that in mind, it should guide us in how we should interact and react, when confronted with a unpleasant situation. At all times, we are to seek the good in a situation and in the person, and at least on behalf of our Maker, always deal with it in gentleness and respect.

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