“A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.”
This proverb teaches us that God wants us to speak to people gently, using gentle words. Harsh words stir up anger, even when that is not our intention.
Think about how you feel when someone speaks harshly to you. You probably get angry and defensive. But if that same person spoke to you with gentle words, you probably would not get angry.
Folks, we need to think before we speak. Sometimes we need to pray before we speak and ask God to give us the right words to say. This becomes especially difficult when someone is speaking harsh words to us. How does God want us to respond? He does not want us fighting fire with fire. He wants us to answer with gentle words, which will put out the fire.
Remember, words have tremendous power, but we don’t have to let them get us into trouble. We can use them to honor God.