Proverbs 11:17-19 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
Two men worked together for months. Not really best friends, but they got along ok. One day, one of the men overheard the other man call him by name, and say, “He thinks that we are friends, but were not.” The words seemed to cut like a knife. He had never done anything to make this man dislike him. Not one harsh word ever. Not a cross look, or anything he could recall, nothing.
Day after day for weeks, he would see him in the shop, and as he walked by, he would smile and say, “Hey, how’s it going?” Out of courtesy, he said; “fine.” Yet, in his heart, daily he hated it more, and more. So much so, he started clocking in at the other end of the plant, just so he did not have to see him.
One day, at a family reunion, he saw him there. What? Why is this person at MY FAMILY REUNION? I hate him. He has no business here. As he walked over to talk with him, the man turned around and said; “Hey How’s it going?” That was it. He couldn’t take it anymore. “How’s it going?” He replied. “Terrible, that’s how it’s going. What in the heck are you doing at my family reunion?” The man chuckled and said; “that’s funny, I was just telling a guy at work the other day who had asked me if we were friends, and I said, you thought we were friends, but we were not… we’re relatives.” Immediately the man realized he had only heard part of the conversation, and had been angry for weeks for nothing. Whom did it hurt? It hurt only him.
Anger eats at us, and only us. “…He that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.”
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
Anger and hate are like a cancer. It will eat at you, and cause all types of mental, and physical problems. Forgiving is really a better way to go through life. Anger takes a lot of work to maintain. Forgiveness you can give over to God.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
2 Kings 18 – 21 / Proverbs 11:17-19
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2 Samuel 4-6 / Luke 23:1-26
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