Removing Bad Traits

Some thoughts brought out in the study of Proverbs 26 is that a fool has no honor, is aimless, and never learns. A sluggard is too lazy to do anything even if one small act would provide much relieve. A quarrelsome person adds gossip and deception to flame the bickering. A hypocrite can charm but they dig a pit to fall into when they do what they tell others not to do.

To remove any of these traits above, a person can ask God for help and take action to remove them from their life. Seek wisdom found in God’s Word and counsel from the Holy Spirit. Be confident but not arrogant and keep focusing on God who helps do all things.

One time someone ask me to look at their printer because it was not printing correctly. For some reason, it would print all colors except black. We couldn’t figure it out so we finally ask for help. We got the help and the printer started working again. That’s what God tells us in His Word and in the experiences we go through. We should accept that we don’t have all the answers, ask for help when needed, and receive the lessons found in His Word.

As this passage points out, stirring up gossip and quarrels will boomerang to destroy the instigator so try to work with people by listening, by speaking only the truth, and unifying for God’s glory. Like jumper cables that recharge one battery from another, we can be the link that connects the power of God to people. We can get interested in them, make them happy, and empower them.

This day with You Lord, we pray for help in removing the bad traits in our life by filling them with good traits. This passage characterized the sluggard, the quarrelsome person, the practical joker, the gossip, and the hypocrite. Lord we ask that you help us and that we take action to remove these traits from our life. Through the power of the Spirit and in Jesus name we pray, amen.

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