If you're an organized, time-conscious, purpose-driven, make-it-happen kind of person you can get upset with incompetence and low productivity in others. And you can end up speaking words that hurt them and don't bring the result you hope for. In Proverbs chapter thirty-one here's how Solomon describes a wise woman: ". . . in her tongue is the law of kindness." (v 26). Speaking kindly to and about others was one of this woman's core principles. And when you think about it, there's never any justification for being harsh or unkind in your communication. Certainly not if you're a Christian! Hasn't God been gracious with you? Then extend that same grace to others. The old adage, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me," isn't true. Harsh words can impact a person for a lifetime. Many so-called "social outcasts" have been victims of verbal abuse at some point in their lives. They have suffered at the hands of parents, teachers, insecure spouses, and others battling their own emotional issues. If you find you're prone to speaking harshly to people, pray for God's help. Whatever it takes, including seeking help from a pastor or counselor, do it. The Bible says, "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city." (Proverbs 16:32). Decide today to "rule your spirit" and make kindness a hallmark and guiding principle of your life.
"The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble." (Psalm 9:9)
My Prayer: Lord, thank You for being my stronghold throughout my life! I could not imagine living one day without You! Father, continue to shape me into Your image and cause me to seek Your face more. For I am so grateful nothing can snatch me away from Your hand! Make me worthy of Your goodness and faithfulness.
Week #45 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Deuteronomy 1-3
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 33-36
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 128-130
Wednesday: (Poetry) Ecclesiastes 5-6
Thursday: (Prophecy) Haggai
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 13-14
Saturday: (Letters) 1 Peter 1-3