This Proverb recently became very real to me during a situation at work. We had been having computer issues which frustrated me and instead of taking that frustration to God I took it out on a client. As soon as I got off the phone I heard this verse being read on the radio. Needless to say I printed the verse out and apologized to the client for the way I spoke to him.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1 NIV)
Now I have this verse displayed in my cubicle and I’m constantly looking at it for direction and as a reminder to myself not to speak harshly when I interact with someone. This just doesn’t apply in a work setting but in every setting we find ourselves including those times when we are alone with our thoughts. You know those times when you’ve had a bad day and you find yourself saying things like “you are so stupid”, “I can’t believe you did that”, “no one likes you”
I think as a general rule people try not to use brutal, harsh words when speaking to others but when it comes to our own self talk we are constantly stirring up anger within our souls. I’ve heard it said that hurt people hurt people and I think the first people we hurt is ourselves. I wonder what would happen if instead of harsh words we spoke gentle words first to ourselves and then to one another.
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