Week 31 A Gentle Answer

Week 31 A Gentle Answer

Today’s Text: Proverbs 14-15

Key Text: Proverbs 15:1

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

Some passages of scripture are very complex.

They require careful study, thoughtful analysis, and prayerful discernment.

They may require the fine touch of a great scholar who can unpack the depth of meaning found in a few choice verses.

They may require deep study, calling on the disciplines of archaeology, or history, or Biblical languages to adequately interpret them.

They may confuse, or startle us.

Some passages of scripture are tough.

On the other hand, some are simple – to the point – easy to understand – like this one.

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

That pretty much says it. It’s to the point, clear, hard to argue with – good, simple, important truth.

Of course, just because we understand it – doing it is another thing.

It is the doing, the holding of the tongue when you are furious, silencing yourself when you know exactly what to say to make it hurt…that is when it gets really tough.

But difficult or not to do – what wise counsel it is.

Speak gently this week – even when you really want to let your anger do its worst.

Because, fact it, its worst can be pretty awful and then nobody wins.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


  1. This is so true. I started a blog to deal with problems in my country. People kill each other because of arguments!!! I am not exaggerating, family feuding can be deadly. I wrote an post about parents teaching this example and keep peace at home.

    http://www.pledgett.org. see day 5 if you will.

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