Gentle Answer

A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Have you ever tried to argue in a whisper? It is equally hard to argue with someone who insists on answering softly or gently. On the other hand, a rising voice and harsh words almost always trigger an angry response. To turn away wrath and seek peace, choose quiet, gentle words.

I am always amazed at how fitting and appropriate scripture is. Just when you need it most it pops up. Or better still when you are challenged in this area.

A couple of years ago my company employed a Clinical Phsycologist, she was tasked to teach the management team new skills. She presented a coarse on management through people skills. The essence of the prgamme was to understand people’s behaviour and adapt your management style accordingly. Not all people can be managed the same way. You need to push different buttons.

I was telling a friend over the weekend that the Bible is the complete guide to life. 

As I ponder this scripture the word “love” pops into my mind. Love is the biggest and strongest command in the Bible. My question is: would you need the above coarse if you approach all things and situations with love? If you approach things with compasion you will be sensitive to people’s needs and hot buttons.

Everything I am talking about is very clearly illustrated in the Bible. Just read the scripture again. “Gentle answer deflects anger.” I can read these words over and over again. Why? Because it’s true.

“Lord, I pray that you make me gentle. May people see my gentleness. I would just like to thank you Lord for your Word. In Jesus name. Amen”


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