Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom :: A Soft Answer

Proverbs 15:1
“A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

This verse urges us to always answer gently even in the midst of anger.  Is that an easy thing to do?  Not always.  It’s so much more natural to let our tempers flare, say mean things that we “think” are going allow us to feel better, but ultimately we end up feeling worse after it’s all over.

If you look at this verse, it’s all focused on our response.  Nowhere does it say we cannot be angry.  We can.  We will be angry.  However, it’s all about how we respond to that anger.  Our response should be an overflow of the love of Christ that we have within us. We should answer in a soft, gentle way always (even when we know without a shadow of a doubt that we are right and the other person is wrong!). 

I think that every day we face situations where we can choose soft words vs. harsh words.  Sometimes it’s easier to just let the harsh words flow from our mouth, but if we’ll intentionally stop and make an extra effort to be gentle we will be much more pleasing to God, and the anger in the situation will die down much more quickly.  Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I think it’s easier to be nicer to strangers and then we end up letting our anger show to the ones we love the most!  I’m going to make a point this week (and hopefully from now on) to be intentional in this area……with my husband, my children, family members, and anyone/everyone that I come into contact with. 

Will you join me?
Consciously look for ways to give soft answers today vs. harsh words.  

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