Softly

Proverbs 15:1-2 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.”

We are increasingly challenged with situations and circumstances that sap our spirit. Some will unleash a tirade over the smallest of things. Yet, it has been an accumulation of a collection of small offenses that brought us to the breaking point.

As a child of God, how we handle adversity matters.

Others watch to see what we say and how we act when presented with the same situation or circumstance.

God gives us instruction in every situation we face to come out victorious. Though it may not be specific, the principles of God’s Word are timeless. They can see us through the most difficult and damaging situations if we but follow God’s way.

Our enemy watches us see what riles us, which causes us to lose the peace God gives. Once he sees it, he exploits it. The devil not only manipulates it but finds the most inopportune time to launch a full-scale attack. He wants to inflict the most damage to the most people.

In today’s passage, I see every man’s anger. Brought on by frustrating events, things we cannot change, and accumulation of little annoyances that reach a boiling point. 

Responding in kind to angry words only escalates the situation to a fiery and often damaging end.

Answering softly will do two things. First, it quells the anger of the one with which you are in contention. Second, and more importantly, it turns away our wrath.

The wisdom God offers helps us to be Christlike in any and every situation and circumstance. 

Life sometimes gives us a gut punch that takes the wind out of our sails for a bit. But, what we do afterward is what will determine whether we are spiritual and in the Holy Spirit’s control or following our flesh and reaping the carnage of that wrong decision.

A short but cogent thought this morning to use our words wisely no matter the situation or circumstance.

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