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.

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2 thoughts on “Week 31 A Gentle Answer

  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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