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The Warpaint of Malice

Beware when you are met by a fellow human wearing the warpaint of malice!
What Is Malice?  A desire to harm others or to see others suffer

Col 3:8  But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.  15573942_s

1 Peter 2:1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
Psalm 140:3 They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips.
Acts 8:23 For I see that thou art in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.
Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Hebrews 12:15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Prov 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.

When we hurt, it is natural to want to be defensive and maybe even to lash out.  I think that one of the basic needs we all have is to feel respected, and to feel that we are fairly dealt with.  We may not have to be the center or attention or the winner of everyone’s admiration, but we don’t want to be the rejected, mistreated victim of another’s bad day. Read the rest of this entry

Wisdom Vs Natural Inclinations

2013: A YEAR FOR GATHERING WISDOM15379952_s

Wisdom begins in wonder. -Socrates

Wisdom is found only in truth. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. -Tom Wilson

Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom. -Walter Benjamin Read the rest of this entry

Virtue vs Impurity

This is WEEK 48 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!16448808_s

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.  -Marcus Aurelius 

All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.  -Plato

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.  David Starr Jordan Read the rest of this entry

Truthfulness vs Deception

This is WEEK 47 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!11155238_s

“Let us rejoice in the truth, wherever we find its lamp burning.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

Half a truth is often a great lie. -Benjamin Franklin

We are either in the process of resisting God’s truth or in the process of being shaped and molded by his truth. -Charles Stanley

God’s truth judges created things out of love, and Satan’s truth judges them out of envy and hatred.  -Dietrich Bonhoeffer Read the rest of this entry

Tolerance vs Prejudice

This is WEEK 46 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!  7282708_s

Prejudice is a learned trait. You’re not born prejudiced; you’re taught it.  -
Charles R. Swindoll

In examining the evidence of the Christian religion, it is essential to the discovery of truth that we bring to the investigation a mind freed, as far as possible, from existing prejudice, and open to conviction.  -Simon Greenleaf

If people are informed they will do the right thing. It’s when they are not informed that they become hostages to prejudice.  -Charlayne Hunter-Gault Read the rest of this entry

Thriftiness vs Extravagance

This is WEEK 45 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!  13114979_s

“Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship”–Benjamin Franklin

“Being frugal does not mean being cheap! It means being economical and avoiding waste.” –Catherine Pulsifer

“Thrift…is more than the mere practice of saving money: it implies rather a denunciation of every form of waste, not only of money, but of time, energy, talents, and other assets of mankind.” ~ ‘World Thrift Day,’ The Times, October 26, 1938. Read the rest of this entry

Thoroughness vs Incompleteness

This is WEEK 44 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!        

As a child I took great encouragement from a song about God working on me:

There really ought to be a sign upon my heart
Don’t judge him yet, there’s an unfinished part
But I’ll be better just according to His plan
Fashioned by the Master’s loving hands

He’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s still workin’ on me

(Pillow available from YellowBugBoutique) Read the rest of this entry

Sincerity vs Hypocrisy

This is WEEK 43  of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!

Sincerity is the key which will open the door through which you will see your separate parts, and you will see something quite new. You must go on trying to be sincere. Each day you put on a mask, and you must take it off little by little.  -G.I. GURDJIEFF

Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character.  -James Russell Lowell

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”  -― Bryant McGill Read the rest of this entry

Sensitivity vs Callousness

This is WEEK 42  of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!

The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. -Unknown

The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. -Helen Keller

“The man of character, sensitive to the meaning of what he is doing, will know how to discover the ethical paths in the maze of possible behavior.” – Earl Warren Read the rest of this entry

Self Control vs Self Indulgence

This is WEEK 41 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!

God is waiting eagerly to respond with new strength to each little act of self-control, small disciplines of prayer, feeble searching after him. And his children shall be filled if they will only hunger and thirst after what he offers.  -Richard Holloway 

Discipline weighs ounces, regret weighs tons.  ~Author Unknown

The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center.  So does a person.  ~Norman Vincent Peale

Self-control means:
1. restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires
2.the ability to control one’s emotions, behavior, and desires in order to obtain some reward, or avoid some punishment Read the rest of this entry

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