Friday, August 29, 2014

Honking a Horn

Proverbs 20:3 (MSG) - "It’s a mark of good character to avert quarrels, but fools love to pick fights.

Dr. Stanley Jones says that there are two ways to honk a horn - the Christian way and the non-Christian way. The Christian way calls attention to a situation or need, the non-Christian way not only calls attention to a situation - but also to how the honker feels about it.

There is a bumper sticker out there that says - "Honk away - it's your ulcer." Ulcers often are a sign of a condition of irritation and bad temper. When we lose our temper and try to take it out on those around us, we may hurt them, but we definitely hurt ourselves. The one who is in a bad temper with others is usually in a bad temper with themselves. The word temper means a person's state of mind seen in terms of their being angry or calm. One who displays a bad temper usually has inner problems that they are projecting on others. They fail to see that the answer really lies within themselves.

Today, muse over the words in James 1:20 (HCSB) - "for man’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness." Wrong will never make a right. When we use wrong means - we end up with wrong ends. Look deep and see if you harbor a good or a bad temper.

 Every Day With Jesus Bible, 2004. Nashville:Holman Bible Publishers. Pg. 945

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