In the clip in the last Hulk Smash post, you may notice something interesting. At first, Thor tries to speak gently to Hulk. “We’re not your enemies, Banner. Try to think.”
Now, although this doesn’t work very well with the Hulk, the Bible tells us that it can work with *cough cough* um, more normal people.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Being gentle, kind, and understanding with those who are angry is one of the best ways to deal with anger. The worst thing you can do is get angry back at them or say something to provoke them. Kindness and love. The anger antidotes. I can’t guarantee that they will always work for everyone, but it’s the best way. If it doesn’t work, hit them with your awesome hammer pray for them. Prayer works.
This verse makes some good points. We shouldn’t trust in ourselves. We should use the wisdom that God has given us and his Scriptures to guide us along the right paths. That’s why, when we’re making a decision, whether important or seemingly trivial, we should pray to God to lead us, and refer to Scripture. Here’s another verse about trusting in God.
Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord will be kept safe.
We don’t have to fear anyone or anything, for God will keep us safe if we trust in Him.
Pride. God’s word says it’s bad. I like this verse about pride, too.
“Pride goes before destruction,
and haughtiness before a fall.”
Pride will destroy us. It will lead to disgrace. Haughtiness will make us fall. But, if we’re humble, we will have grace. God wants us to be humble. We’re nothing without him. So don’t have pride in what you do, but in the God who gives you everything.