“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 )
SHOW GENUINE INTEREST:
Honestly, it is extremely interesting to know about other people, the lives they lead, the kind of challenges they have had and their philosophies of life. And it is a great high to know that you can connect to them at these levels even if they are from a different country or a race or religion or language. No matter what diversity you share – you still show genuine interest, people would love to talk to you.
Not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:3-5 )