It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become toward the defects of others.
Often, when someone strikes out at another, it is more a result of that which is lacking in them, than the actions of the other person. Always consider the source, when suffering the verbal attack of another. Truth be known, it may not even really be about you, but that own individual’s fears, pride, anxieties or faults, being cast upon you. In the same manner, when you yourself feel the urge to attack another, you would do well to take the time to consider the true source of your own ire.
Thought for the day
How am I truly living my life today? Am I casting upon others the same character defects I am guilty of living with or am I working a good program of self discovery and recovery using steps 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10 to identify and be rid of those same defects I find so insulting to me?
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. ~Luke 6:45 (NIV)~
My friends, don’t say cruel things about others! If you do, or if you condemn others, you are condemning God’s Law. And if you condemn the Law, you put yourself above the Law and refuse to obey either it or God who gave it. God is our judge, and he can save or destroy us. What right do you have to condemn anyone? ~Jamesw 4:11-13 (CEV)~
All of us do many wrong things. But if you can control your tongue, you are mature and able to control your whole body. By putting a bit into the mouth of a horse, we can turn the horse in different directions. It takes strong winds to move a large sailing ship, but the captain uses only a small rudder to make it go in any direction. Our tongues are small too, and yet they brag about big things. It takes only a spark to start a forest fire! The tongue is like a spark. It is an evil power that dirties the rest of the body and sets a person’s entire life on fire with flames that come from hell itself…My dear friends, with our tongues we speak both praises and curses. We praise our Lord and Father, and we curse people who were created to be like God, and this isn’t right. Can clean water and dirty water both flow from the same spring? ~James 3:1-6,9-11 (CEV)~