Thursday, October 19, 2017

Being a Yes Man, Those Who Put Others Down, and They Could "Dish It Out" posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling


It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.  Ecclesiastes, Chapter 7, verse 5.

This reminds me of when I ask my husband to read over something I’ve written.  He starts looking at it, making comments about corrections he thinks should be made to my paper.  It’s really very frustrating to me.  The thing is-he’s right.  When I incorporate the corrections he suggests, my paper flows much better than it previously did.  Although it’s still frustrating to me to have him edit my papers, I know the advice he gives me will be beneficial in the long run.

If I asked someone else for advice on my writing and they told me everything was wonderful regardless of the errors, it would be like hearing the song of fools.  They just tell you what you want to hear, but they don’t provide the input that is beneficial.  I would much rather have the advice of the wise than a “Yes Man,” any day.


For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.  Ecclesiastes, Chapter 7, verse 20.

My mother used to tell me that there are some who put others down just to make themselves feel better.  This saying has comforted me over the years.  The thing I never paid any attention to is whether I did this myself.
None of us is perfect, except Jesus.  It’s funny how easy it is for us non-perfect human beings to find fault in others.  It appears that we think that looking down on others makes us better people.  NOT…as the kids say!…or No way, Jose!…or Not on your life!  I could go on, but you get the idea.


Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: For often times also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.  Ecclesiastes, Chapter 7, verses 21-22.

As a teacher, the children who came to me crying because someone called them names often were those who were notorious for calling other children names.  They could “dish it out,” but couldn’t handle it when it happened to them.
Isn’t it funny that adults are very similar?  We come unglued when someone says something rude or hateful to us, when we are often guilty of being rude and hateful to others.  Somehow, it seems different when someone else does it.  Maybe we can learn to be more forgiving of others, in the same way that Christ forgives us for all our actions.

Our children see how we handle frustrating experiences and will tend to handle things similarly as they grow up.  We need to be forgiving, even if someone’s just crowded into our parking spot when we had our car all lined up for it!

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