Thought for the Day # 161



Proverbs 22:24-25 New American Standard Bible

24 Do not associate with a man given to anger; or go with a hot-tempered man, 25 or you will learn his ways and find a snare for yourself.

Much counsel has been given concerning the company that we keep. As parents, we caution our children to avoid the "wrong crowd". We urge them to choose the right friends, to be careful to select the right mate.

God makes it very plain that his children are to set a higher standard for themselves than do those who refuse to serve him.

He warns us to be careful in choosing our associates. The above verse gives a stern warning; "Do not associate with a man given to anger".

Anger is like a contagious disease. When one is around it for a time he will become contaminated with this awful destructive emotion. He will become just as dangerous and hurtful as the companions with whom he (or she) fellowships.

While the scripture does tell us that we can be angry and not sin, (Ephesians
4:26) most find it very difficult to practice. Anger, by its very nature, too often demonstrates complete lack of control and destructive actions that are not proper for the Christian to display.

Uncontrolled anger often produces very regrettable fruit. How often do we wish we could recall words or actions that we displayed in anger? Many times things done in anger have a lifetime effect upon us and those around us.

We do become like those that we regularly associate with. As true Christians we should avoid exposing ourselves to the infectious fruit of anger in those who constantly display it. We will become like them. We will act like them, talk like them, and become someone to be shunned very quickly.

God has called his Children to express the nature and characteristics of Jesus, our Lord and Redeemer. We are to strive to be like Him, who knew no sin. We have been given a new nature with the ability to make right choices and express Godly attitudes.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, please direct my steps and give me wisdom. Give me the courage to separate myself from those who constantly live in anger. I want to have a godly attitude in your Kingdom. I thank you for calling me to be one of your chosen people. Help me to live like one of your Redeemed. I Pray in the name of Jesus, Amen