“A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1)
Solomon was one of the wisest men who ever lived. He talked in Ecclesiastes how there is nothing new under the sun. One thing that has constantly been with us (due to our sinful nature) is our use of words to hurt people. In this day and age it is prevalent in social media. We see instances over and over again of how harsh words hurt people. “Trolling” has become a phrase that is unfortunately well known by many.
Even in Solomon’s day, harsh words hurt people and stirred up anger. But a soft word turns away wrath. A kind word can make a whole lot of difference in someone’s life. The apostle James in his letter to fellow believers talked about how the tongue can do so much damage if left unchecked. In our sinful nature our words can cut to the core if not used wisely.
But as followers of Jesus, we are called to use our words to bless people. We are called to praise God and to show love and kindness to others. When a harsh word is given to us, we are not to respond in like manner. We are to give a soft answer in response. It can be difficult sometimes given how we still have a sinful nature inside us but we do have the Holy Spirit working in us making us more like Christ.
This week, let us show Christ’s love through our words. Let us give that “soft answer” and if a harsh word is given to us, let us forgive and show love in response. Christ has forgiven us for our harsh words, let us do the same.