It is important that we care and love one another just as God loves us.
When we speak words of hatred and discouragement toward others, we are in
fact hurting them from the inside out. It matters so much how a person
feels on the inside, which will in essence show on their outward
appearance. There are many people who look great on the outside but deep
down they are depressed or discouraged. Image what a simple word of "God
loves you" or "You are doing a great job" can do to their self-esteem.
Bless others even if you really don't feel like it and you will see the
Lord pour out His blessings on you just the same.
This is a good story that shows what happens when we lose our temper or
say things to others that bring forth pain or heartache. I hope this
message will speak to your heart to always be kind and sensitive to those
A LITTLE BOYS TEMPER
There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a
bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must
hammer a nail into the fence.
The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next
few weeks as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered
daily, gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his
temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when
the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the
father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he
was able to hold his temper.
The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that
all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him
to the fence. He said "you have done well, my son, but look at the holes
in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in
anger, they leave a scar just like this one."
You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many
times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there.
Make sure you control your temper the next time you are tempted to say
something you will regret later.
Our words and actions are very powerful. They can either build someone up
or break them down. A word of encouragement can mean the world to a
person that is feeling down or discouraged, but the opposite of this is
also true. A person that is already feeling terrible will only feel worse
if criticized or made fun of, so I encourage you to be sensitive to those
around you and be quick to praise your friend or family member when they
are felling discouraged.
The Bible declares in Romans 12:14 "Bless them which persecute you: bless,
and curse not." I encourage you to always try to say a good or
encouraging word to everyone you come in contact with. Jesus says we are
the light of the world, so let us prove Him right by being encouragers to
our brothers and sisters and all the people in the world, that they may
see God in and through our actions.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:14-16 "Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the
same mind one toward another…"
Philippians 2:13-15 "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and
to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and
disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God,
without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom
ye shine as lights in the world."
Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry