By Terra Hangen
Today's Scripture: Proverbs 22:24–25
Central Thought: Beware of friends with prickly tempers—you can be snared by their anger.
Some people have prickly personalities—let's admit it. Like me, do you have a friend who wakes up angry, is irritated all day, and who likely goes to bed ticked off too?
Recently I decided that one of my friends reminds me of a porcupine. Go near, and ouch! Eventually a quill with a sharp barb on the end will stab you. Because of the barb, the quill will be nearly impossible to get out. Proverb 22:24–25 reminds us to avoid being too close to these human porcupines, 'lest you learn…[their]…ways.” Even the short-tempered need friends, and kind-hearted people can sometimes steer these folks to uplifting subjects of conversation and happier frames of mind. While attempting to do that, however, be sure to follow this Proverb's advice, and don't get entangled in the snare of an angry man.
Devotional Prayer: Father, help me to treat even the angry kindly, while avoiding being drawn into their unhappy, prickly view of the world.
Today's Bible Reading: Song of Songs 5:1–8:14; 2 Corinthians 9:1–15; Psalm 51:1–19; Proverbs 22:24–25