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    Proverbs 29:11 – How To Stop Losing Your Temper

    A [shortsighted] fool always loses his temper and displays his anger, but a wise man [uses self-control and] holds it back.

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    Reflective Thinking

    My first thought is “DUH… but that’s easier said than done…” Am I right?!? My next thought about this wisdom is a little more applicable to life. The best answer to being wise and using self-control and not always losing our temper and showing anger is this… receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior. You see, when we are born again, Christ comes to live within us through the Holy Spirit which is the Spirit of power, love and self-discipline

    Action Idea

    If you have not already given your life to Christ… that is the first thing I recommend. The next thing is to change our beliefs and our ways of thinking. It’s a process but I’m certain you can do this. This is a process of writing God’s word on the tablet of your heart through reading, meditating, prayer, and contemplation. It’s called Devine Reading or Lectio Devina. Today, start the process with 2nd Timothy 1:7: For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. Lectio Devina is another powerful tool you can use to grow in God’s wisdom.

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    Proverbs 28:23 – The 4 Conditions of an Effective Reprimand

    He who [appropriately] reprimands a [wise] man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with the tongue.

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    Reflective Thinking

    There are 4 conditions that must be met in order for a reprimand to bring more favor than genuine compliments. The first condition that must be met is the reprimand must be towards a wise man. Doing so to anyone else will be futile. I’ll repeat that another way, reprimanding a fool is a waste of time and effort. The other conditions that must be met are the following: the reprimand must be done appropriately, the reprimand must be done in the right way, and the reprimand must be done at the right time.

    Action Idea

    First thing, ensure you are a person who responds to a reprimand as a wise person would. One of the best ways you gain wisdom is by reading, seeking, and meditating on God’s wisdom on a daily basis. Through the process of becoming a wise person, you’ll naturally respond to reprimands appropriately and you’ll also learn how to appropriately give advice and reprimand others. 

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    Proverbs 27:1 – Wisdom Today For Tomorrow

    Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

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    Reflective Thinking

    I love this verse. It’s a great reminder that God is still in control. We truly don’t know with 100% certainty what will happen in the future. It’s important to notice what God is telling us here. He is teaching us to not boast about tomorrow. Additional, God does not want us to stress or worry about tomorrow. He wants you to know He will meet all of your needs. With that said, it is a wise and good thing to pray, plan, and prepare for tomorrow.

    Action Idea

    Let us stop boasting, stressing, and worrying about tomorrow. Doing those things won’t bear anything good. Instead, when it comes to tomorrow, let’s start praying, planning, and preparing with wisdom. Either way, we do not know what a day may bring. That is wisdom today for tomorrow.