Are you easily annoyed? Can you take an insult?

“Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.”  Proverbs 12:16.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Proverbs 10-12, and Romans 10.

My goal in these daily writings is primarily to hold myself accountable.  To write about something I’ve read forces me to do some serious thinking about Scripture.

My memory has always been shaky.  I am the type who, while reading, is thinking about something unrelated to what I’m reading!  However, if there is some later accountability, such as writing an entry about it, I read with a much greater concentration.

Therefore, my initial goal is self-centered.  However, if those reading these entries happen to also get connected by an entry I am additionally pleased.

I, at first, resisted (avoided?) today’s verse because it is too much of a direct hit on me.  Both pieces of this verse are problems for me.  I am way too easily annoyed by almost anything and I certainly am unlikely to handle any sort of insult very well at all.

And isn’t that a nice description that Solomon chooses to use to describe folks like me: “Fools!”

Why does this behavior make me a fool?  My first take is that is reveals how godless I can really be.  Professing to be Godly does nothing to cancel out behavior of mine to the contrary.

I know that God is not mocked.  He sees my inconsistencies.  And I see them as well.  Why must they continue?  Answer: My relationship to God is not tight.  How foolish that is because what separated me (my sins) from God no longer exists.  That’s the good news.  That’s the Gospel.  I have a new life as a result of what was done.  I don’t have to live godlessly anymore.  I am a new creature.  When will I live like it!

My life must be lived as a new life.  In Him I need not be annoyed.  I Him I need not be so defensive about corrections.  My problems in both these areas must be directives to me to remember the Good News and live accordingly.

“Father, I thank You for Your Word.  I thank You for the numerous “How to’s” that are included in it.  Forgive me for living as if the good news hadn’t happened.  It has happened!  Help me to live accordingly in this day.  Thank You, Lord for everything.”

Does today’s verse describe you as well as it describes me?

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