Proverbs 15 Verse 1 & and 18 Verse 1: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger, V2; The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouths of the fool gushes folly. V18: ‘A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.”
Rabbi Joseph Teushkin, author of ‘Words that hurt Words that heal’, challenges his audiences ‘to go 24 hours without saying an unkind word about, or to anyone. Learn to speak positive words. Appropriate words communication affirmation, comfort and healing.’
He also asks; ‘when was the last time you said to another person that you instantly regretted? Maybe it was something intended as a joke that was instead taken as an offense, or perhaps it was a sharp word spoken in anger that5 you wish you could have taken back.’
When we are angry, we rarely speak our words wisely. It is possible though, to speak as Jesus did. With righteous indignation, when warranted. Ut most of the time we just blow our tops, and our rash words come back to haunt us.
Memorizing Proverbs 15 Verse 1: helps me hold my tongue, as it has also helped believers throu7gh the ages. If you are never memorized it, why don’t you commit it to memory today? If you have learned it, remind yourself of it. You might have occasion this week to use it.
Heavenly Father, please help me always to be gentle in my responses, using words that build up, not destroy. Help me also to show kindness and forgiveness in the way I would like to receive it. In Jesus Name Amen.