ON THE MESSAGE THIS WEEK: RECKLESS WORDS
KEY VERSE: “HE WHO IS SLOW TO ANGER IS BETTER THAN THE MIGHTY” (PROVERBS 16:32).
Jenny had been driving for almost half an hour when her daughter suddenly wailed from the backseat. When Jenny asked what happened, her daughter replied that her brother had grabbed her arm. He claimed he had grabbed her arm because she had pinched him. She said she pinched him because he’d said something mean. Unfortunately, this pattern, which is common between children, can show up in adult relationships too. One person offends another, and the hurt person shoots back a verbal blow. The original offender retaliates with another insult. Soon, anger & cruel words have damaged the relationship.
When we trust the Lord, we don't need to use words as weapons. The Bible says that “the words of the reckless pierce like swords,” and that “a harsh word stirs up anger” but “a gentle answer turns away wrath” (See Proverbs 12:18; 15:1). And sometimes not answering at all is the best way to deal with mean or cruel words or comments. Before Jesus’ crucifixion, the religious authorities tried to provoke Him with their words (See Matthew 27:41). Yet, “When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate... instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly” (See 1 Peter 2:23).
On 06 June 1944, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, was the most powerful man on this earth. Under his authority, the largest amphibious army ever assembled, prepared to liberate the villainous Nazi-dominated continent of Europe. How was Eisenhower able to lead such a vast army? Well, part of the answer can be linked to his remarkable skill in working with different kinds of people.
What many do not know, is that he hadn’t always gotten along with others. As a boy, he often got into fist-fights at school but seeing as he had a caring mother who instructed him in God’s Word, one time as she bandaged his hands after an angry outburst, she quoted Proverbs 16:32, “He who is slow to anger... ” Many years later, Eisenhower wrote, “I have always looked back on that conversation as one of the most valuable moments of my life.” Acceptedly, by learning to control his anger, he was able to work effectively with others.
Inevitably, each of us will at times be tempted to lash out in anger. Yet through God’s work in our lives we can learn to control our actions. Jesus’ example & the
Spirit’s help offer us a way to respond to all people!
(Extracts from ODB.org)
Did you know: There are almost 20 different passages in the Bible where it is mentioned that we are God's people.
Ref: Jeremiah 32:38 / Ezekiel 14:11 / Zechariah 8:8 / 2 Corinthians 6:16 / Hebrews 8:10 / Ezekiel 11:20 / Ezekiel 37:23 / Jeremiah 7:23 / Jeremiah 31:33 / Ezekiel 37:27 / Jeremiah 31:1 / Revelation 21:3 / Exodus 6:7 / Leviticus 26:12 / Jeremiah 11:4 / Jeremiah 30:22 / Ezekiel 36:28.