Today’s Scripture: A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of
a castle. Proverbs 18:19


10-year-old Melissa sat contentedly on the sunny beach constructing elaborate sand castles until she let out an ear-piercing scream. As Melissa’s mother turned around, she was greeted by a sobbing daughter with an angry crab dangling from her finger.

“He bit me – I did not even touch him.”

Melissa continued to sob until her father pried the creature from her finger.   “Remember, next time you see a crab get as far away as possible. You never know when they’ll snap at you.”

In the stressful world in which we live, it is easy to become an angry crab. But that does not make this kind of behavior okay. We are to be a joyful testimony for our Lord and an encouragement to fellow believers. We should not snap at others and offend them. Our Scripture passage tells us that a brother offended is more difficult to penetrate than a walled fortress.

Does life have you on edge? Have you found yourself being crabby around those you love? Take a minute to reflect on how you treat those around you. Do you think that people keep their distance because they are waiting for you to snap? Give God your stress. Let Him take care of it. In the meanwhile, take some time to address those you may have offended and set things right.


Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder