“Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.” (22:24-25)
Beginning in infancy, human beings learn by imitating the behavior of others. The examples others learn by imitating the behavior of others. The examples others set are not always positive. The biblical writer had this in mind when he warned against association with persons who are habitually angry. Negative emotions are contagious. Unfortunately, children whose parents are temperamental. Brought up with the daily influence of angry parents, they learn to be hot-tempered persons themselves.
By self-discipline and associating with the right people, we can unlearn bad habits acquired as children. We cannot blame our problems on our parents. We must take responsibility for ourselves and set good examples for our families, friends, and associates.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You gave us the Holy Spirit to guide us and to make wise decisions that will keep us in Your will. We must be careful of who we associate with, and listen to the Spirit’s warnings when we befriend someone who is a bad influence on us and to move away from them that would take us out of Your will. We are responsible for our words and actions, at all times. Let our words and actions always live up to honor You in all things and situations. Abba in honor of our relationship with You Abba, and Your Son Christ Jesus, we pray that we will always remember all that we have been taught for true understanding, by those in the clergy, and both family and friends. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Our walk, speaks louder than our talk ever could.”
“He also told them this parable: ‘Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fail into a pit? A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:39-40)
Learners will be like their teachers, for better or for worse. Rarely will pupils go beyond their master’s level of knowledge or attitude toward the subject.
Whether the teacher is informed or naive, enthusiastic or dull, the personal example will profoundly influence learners, probably more than the subject matter taught.
“You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith patience, love, and endurance.” (2nd Timothy 3:10)
Paul reminded Timothy that his teaching and his way of life were cut from the same cloth. In fact, the way he lived attested to the authenticity of what in fact the way he lived attested to the authenticity of what he taught.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘Lord”, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher,” have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (John 13:1-15)
By washing His disciples feet to demonstrate the principle of self-giving service, Jesus taught an unforgettable lesson to servant leadership.
Profound truths are often communicated more dramatically through emotions and sensory experience than through verbal instruction.