Reacting with misplaced anger, lack of compassion, judgment, intractability, unwarranted frustration and impatience, or other negative emotions are some of the most embarrassing encounters we can have. Yet, it happens all the time because we sometimes don’t take the time to discern the best way to interact with other people.
Fortunately, the Book of Proverbs in the Bible, which we’re studying in our current Sunday message series called Foolproof, offers some useful practical wisdom on how to avoid such foolish dealings. The author of the book, King Solomon, writes that there are at least five types of people: The wise, the wicked, the simple, the fool, and the scoffer. In order to interact intelligently and achieve the best possible outcome in human relations, Solomon says each person must be dealt with according to his or her individual character. Conversely, a more self-involved human being fails to consider the circumstances, personality, and outlook of the other party, whereas a wise person weighs all these factors before speaking.
Jesus himself dealt with people differently based on their approach, behavior, and personal needs. Here are a few examples:
These are only a few examples of Jesus’ wise dealings with others based on their individual attitudes and circumstances. Listen to this week’s message on avoiding foolish dealings live on Sunday or online by visiting our website.
--Father Roger Gustafson, Pastor
Father Roger Gustafson