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Being Human

Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer makes anger disappear, but a rough answer makes it grow.

So where did you get the wisdom that you have today? Where did it come from? And are there any holes in your wisdom? Any blind spots that keep coming back to haunt you with their consequences? Hmm?

For many years I thought to myself, “You know, the education system that I went through for all those years taught me a lot of things. But it never taught me how to be an effective person.”

Learning to be human ends up being a potluck affair. Who we are today, you and I, depends entirely on how good our parents and teachers were in passing good things on to us; good beliefs, good morals, good behaviour.

I was truly shocked when I started reading the Bible. Truly! I thought it had to be some dry, religious textbook. What I didn’t expect to find in there were stories, and wisdom, and stuff that helped me become so much better at, well … being me. Just one example:

Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer makes anger disappear, but a rough answer makes it grow.

That’s brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Just think … how different would our world be if each of us just learned to live out that one piece of godly wisdom in the middle of conflict. Those thirteen words could change lives and indeed, the course of human history! Those thirteen words could revolutionise your relationships, and prevent wars from breaking out.

But they’re not just words. They’re God’s words, inspired by the Holy Spirit … that’s why they have so much power, the very sort of power that you and I need to be all that God made us to be.

It’s not easy being human, so you have to wonder … why do so many of us try to go it alone?

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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