“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1)
YOU CAN LEARN:
Develop genuine interest in people. When you talk to a person always make sure you focus only on that particular individual and don’t get distracted by anything else. Follow Abraham Lincoln’s famous self-instruction: “I do not like that man; therefore I shall get to know him better.” You can learn to care about others around you. You can learn to trust people around you and by doing this other people will be interested in you. They will care about what you have to say and will trust you.
A SONG OF ASCENTS OF DAVID:
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore. (Psalm 133:1-3 )
By taking the time to “actively listen” to others, and encouraging them to share their ideas; we can build a positive environment around us. People have an natural desire to get along with others. Though everyone may want to get along with others this doesn’t always mean they do successfully. Effort and optimism are a winning combination when you use them in your daily communications with others. We should believe that we can learn a little something from everyone.
Living every moment with tension can take a toll over time. It can make you ill. Honor Slow is Beautiful, as I once saw on a button, when you can. Maybe stay in pajamas on Sunday. Someone told me the whole family did this spontaneously one day and it was better than the last vacation.
Being angry and not sinning requires the discernmentof constant practice (Hebrews 5:14) because so much of our anger is rooted in our prideful, selfish sin nature. And if we’ve suffered under the tyranny of a sinfully angry person, emotionally it can be very difficult to distinguish between sinful and righteous anger. But because it is something God calls us to, we must press into it.
BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
This you know, my beloved brethren But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back
If we cannot change the world (and I suspect we can’t), we can provide all people the sorts of environments they deserve in their daily environments of kindness, compassion, safety, and challenges.
Basic human decency is being polite, courteous, civil, thoughtful, and using tact and diplomacy when with others, thus treating them as you wish to be treated. As beings endowed with a capacity for language and reason, we are uniquely suited to the apprehension of this principle, and most people have an intuitive grasp of it. The world is a beautiful place when everybody is mindful of one another. If we all were humble and kind and gave others a little bit of our time. To show them they have importance and significance just the same as the things we are all so caught up in.
A Psalm of David. O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart. Who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend. In whose eyes a vile person is despised. But, who honors those who fear the Lord. Who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He, who does these things shall never be moved.
Disrespect, is the number one factor that tears communities apart. People who are focused on criticizing others miss a whopping 50 percent of positive things that others are doing and they see negativity when it’s not there. People who give others the cold shoulder—deliberately ignoring them or responding minimally—damage the relationship by making others feel worthless and invisible, as if they’re not there, not valued. Feeling and demonstrating gratitude for the relationship you have with another is a natural result of acceptance, appreciation and expectation.
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
According to many researchers, intuition is far more material than it seems. Intuitive decision-making has the advantage of being quick. We get an overall feeling for a situation, based upon evolved emotionsand heuristics and modified by our own experiences, and can act quickly on such feelings. And, we constantly take in all that happens to us and interpret it. We constantly interpret life. As Blaise Pascal wisely said, “The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.” And your heart is always right.
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Intuition can come through as a gut feeling, an “ah-ha!” moment, a body signal, a flash of insight or a dream. Research shows that during dream-time, for example, the brain does creative problem-solving , which can help you make the right choice in your waking life.
The truth is, trust must be carefully constructed, vigorously nurtured and constantly reinforced. Although it takes a long time to develop, it can be destroyed by a single action. And once lost, it is exceptionally difficult to re-establish. Trusting your intuition is one of the most precious proficiency to tenure.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
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