Satan and the angel- kill the devil in you
'In every man's heart there is a devil, but we do not know the man as bad until the devil is roused.' - James Oliver Curwood
There is a Satan and an angel in every one of you. You will find that you bow down to Satan very easily as it is very effortless to relate to the meaner aspect of your character. It is easy to show anger than to control it. It feels comfortable to be jealous than to feel happy for others.
God created man and gave him the flexibility of choosing the good over the evil. Imagine a world where there is only good and no bad; do you think you will feel happy? You will not feel happy as only when you know the adverse effects of the bad will you know the excellent effects of the good. It is always a world of opposites and it should be like that for the world to be interesting.
Likewise, within you also there is the good and angelic side of you which thinks well of others. Along with your noble mind there lurks a shady person who has jealousy, hatred and many more negative aspects in your character which might spell doom for you.
How then is a person determined to be excellent in character or dubious in disposition? It is the percentage of the good and the bad in you that decides your character. When you nurture your good qualities and fight against the devil in you, you emerge as a wonderful person, trustworthy and honest.
If on the other hand you give in to the negative side of your character, you become harmful, pessimistic, and full of hatred and disgusting behavior. There is nothing to be ashamed when you feel green with jealousy when you see your more flourishing friend or colleague. The tricks lies in mastering your jealousy and trying to feel happy for your friend’s success .You should at the same time take it as challenge to achieve the success you felt jealous of.
When you feel like fighting with someone who had hurt you, if you give in to your surging anger, you will not achieve anything. If fact you will mar your character and make that person feel justified that he has done the right thing. If you master your anger and behave in a magnanimous manner you are actually highlighting your magnificent character.
The other day I went to a relative’s engagement function along with my daughter. There I met a relative of mine who had severed her ties with me and the funniest part was that we were once very close to one another. She did not invite me to her daughter’s wedding and I told myself ‘if she did not want me, so do I. I do not need such relatives’, I vowed to ignore her. I had bowed to the less complementary side of my character.
She completely ignored me during the function and I didn’t care about it. My daughter is only twenty four and ignoring the animosity between us, voluntarily went up to the relative and inquired as to how she was and smiled at her. The relative just looked through my daughter and gave her a chilling look and turned her face away. I can never forget my daughter’s face, bewildered and hurt.
My relative had allowed the dominance of hatred in her to overwhelm her and showed utter lack of character. I by allowing my indifference to flourish had also showed the lessening of my character and both had allowed the Satan to flourish. But I felt proud when my daughter bloomed before me as an angelic character by behaving in a friendly manner to an unresponsive and insensitive relative.
So it is your inclination to the good or the bad that decides your character. You can shape and mold your character as you want to and the percentage of how much the good or the bad is in you decides whether you are a Satan, or an angel.
‘Gods truth judges created things out of love, and Satan’s truth judges them out of envy and hatred.’ Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
When the bad tries to dominate you, you should smother it with the angelic aspect inside you and this will fine tune you into a person of good character, loved by all.
© 2012 mathira
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