Proverbs 27:14 I Won’t Be This Curse

I came into the office and brewed my coffee. A colleague walked by and in a loud voice exclaimed, “Unclean! Unclean!” I took a moment to do a quick inventory. I took a shower this morning, put on freshly laundered clothes, and brushed my teeth. With no known illnesses and my self-assessment complete, I could only think, “What is wrong with this guy?”

I could go on about all the things I do not like about this man, but to pop off the way he did, I was ready to curse.

He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it will be counted as a curse to him. -Proverbs 27:14

Maybe he thought he was being a blessing, but that is not how I interpreted it. And yet, when I read this verse, I must consider his actions a lesson. There is no good that can come from me cursing him. I must ignore him. And not wanting to be a curse to those around me, I will do my best to keep my morning greetings on the softer side.