Proverbs chapter 25

AN UGLY FACE

MEMORY VERSE: Proverbs 25:23: The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

Ever want to look mean at someone?

Our text gives one opportunity... during backbiting.

The dictionary says that backbiting means to slander an absent person or persons. The old sinful nature of man is easily lured into this trap.

When we criticize others we turn attention away from our own faults. At least we think so. However, Judge Harold Medina saw it another way. He said, "Criticizing others is a dangerous thing, not so much because you may make mistakes about them, but because you may be reveal- ing the truth about yourself."

Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "The human race is divided into two classes -- those who go ahead and do something and those who sit still and inquire why it wasn't done the other way."

If you find someone has been criticizing you, don't ever let it defeat you. If the criticism is untrue, disregard it. If it is unfair, keep from irritation. If it is ignorant, smile. If it is justified, learn from it.

But how about those who eat away at others in your presence, What can you do about them? You will never escape them for the world is filled with such little people. You simply must let them know that you disapprove of their attitude.

Keep that sacred scowl ready.

When the backbiting begins, PUT ON AN UGLY FACE!


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