There once was a little girl who had a bad temper. Her mother gave her a bag of nails and told her that every time she lost her temper, she must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the girl had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as she learned to control her anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. She discovered it was easier to hold her temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the girl
didn't lose her temper at all. She told her mother about it and the mother suggested that the girl now pull out one nail for each day that she was able hold her temper. The days passed and the young girl was finally able to tell her mother that all the nails were gone. The mother took her daughter by the hand and led her to the fence. She said, "You have done well, my daughter, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same.
When you say things in anger, they leave a
scar just like this one.
It won't matter how many times you say I'm
sorry, the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us." Always show your friends how much you care.
VERSES ABOUT QUICK TEMPER:
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
A man of quick temper acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
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