Daily D – 2 Samuel 6:16, 23
2 Samuel 6:16 As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.
2 Samuel 6:23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.
Attitudes have a way of shaping words and actions. No matter how we try, we can never really take back words once we have spoken them. No matter how we apologize, some behaviors linger in memory forever.
Carefully select your attitude. Guard your heart. Protect your mind. Place a lock on your lips. Demonstrate self-control.
Emotionally intelligent individuals do not lose their cool.
Emotionally intelligent individuals select their responses.
Emotionally intelligent individuals express the richness and experience the rewards of Ephesians 4:29-32:
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:29-32 NIV
- It’s never too early to shut up.
- It’s always time to build up.
- Bitterness, rage, and anger grieve God’s heart.
- Malicious actions and mean retorts damage relationships.
- Kindness and compassion heal relationships.
- Forgiveness and reconciliation restore relationships.
- Forgive as much in one another as Jesus has forgiven you.
You are about as happy as you choose to be. Do not allow your irritability to create a prison of isolation. Recognize the goodness of God and his abundant rewards. Count your blessings and live the kind of life that honors God and benefits others.
I will become increasingly more emotionally intelligent.
Our Father, most of my trips, stumbles, and falls are my own fault. I make most of my own messes. Empower me to carefully select my attitude, to guard my heart, to protect my mind, to place a lock on my lips. Empower me to demonstrate self-control. Fill my mind with your thoughts and my mouth with your words. Empower me to edify and encourage, to become ever more kind and compassionate, and to live with a settled bent toward forgiveness. Amen.
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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.