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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1 Chronicles 22:9-13 But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’ “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the Lord your God, as he said you would. May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”