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A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath

Proverbs 15:1

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

June 2019Often – we can tell by the tone of a person’s voice if they are upset or not? Maybe – we can tell if they are upset by the words or phases they use? Maybe we can tell someone is upset by his or her body language. How do we feel when someone is upset with us? How does it impact us? Does it help or hinder our relationship with them? Does it impact our ability to communicate with them? How does it make us feel?

I bet most of us would rather deal with people when they are not angry or upset. I know I would – for sure. I bet others would rather deal with us when we are not angry. But how do we control our anger or the anger of others? How do we keep situations calm and under control? It is not easy for sure.

Proverbs is filled with great sayings and advice. One could even say – wisdom is found in Proverbs! Have we read through Proverbs lately? I try to read through some of them everyday. I quote some of them on my Facebook page. Try reading through Proverbs and see if you don’t agree.

Today’s passage is one of the better sayings – IMHO. Proverbs 15:1 – A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Words to live by dear readers. A gentle answer or demeanor will help in every situation! Don’t stir up anger – but rather – through a gentle answer – keep the mood calm and under control. Try it and see if it helps!

I believe this Proverb will help in our marriages. I believe it will help with our family members. I believe it will help in the church – in our denominational discussions – in our workplace – in most any place. Try keeping calm and help to keep the situation calm and see if it will help.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.


June 12, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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