Powered by 4 - February 28, 2018

Avoiding Harm

Today's reading: Proverbs 22:24-25; Proverbs 13:20

"Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare" (Proverbs 22:24-25).

Proverbs 22:24-25 gives us wise instruction, not about getting angry ourselves, but about choosing to associate with someone who is prone to getting angry and acting out in anger. The people we hang out with influence us whether we realize it or not. And, when someone is highly emotional (angry, joyful, complaining, unhappy, excited) the impact on us is tends to be even greater.

When someone around you is angry and negative (at work, home, school, church), how does it impact and influence the overall atmosphere and your and other people's moods? When we find ourselves in a situation where we can't distance ourselves from someone who is negative and/or prone to anger, what are some things we can do to guard against the pull to join in the negativity? Tami

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