Proverbs 15:1 Speaking Softly

Gentle with butterfly

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 

The fastest reaction that people have to what someone else says or does is with their words. People are quick to answer someone’s words or actions.

When the words or actions are harmful and offensive, the reaction is often spoken with harsh, condemning words. Retaliation is quick and swift in the attempt to strike back and make the person pay. Anger rises up and gets the best of a person.

Responding in this way, only causes the first person to respond with even more harsh and condemning words. This is what causes many fight and keeps many battles moving forward, rather than being solved.

Solomon realizes that a soft answer will keep anger at bay and calm a person down. Harsh words will only get a person more angry.

Harsh words are easy to speak and often are the first things that come out of a person. Believers are often quick to use harsh words under the disguise of trying to help the person see the error of their ways. Christians are often quick to condemn the sin in another person with harsh words, rather than showing true love.

The only time Jesus used harsh words was with the religious leaders who should have known better. With those who were lost in sin and did not know God in any way, He spoke with gentle words of love and kindness.

When words of condemnation and hate are spoken to unbelievers or even to other believers, it will raise up their anger. It will make a wrong even more wrong, causing greater battles and injury.

There is nothing harsh in the words of love, mercy and grace. Those are words that reach out to touch a person for God, revealing God’s true character.

As you go along in life there will be times when you will be hurt by someone or see someone steeped in sin. How you respond to that person will reveal the character of God. Your words can either draw the person towards God or push them away.

Harsh, condemning words will push them away and cause their anger to rise up against you and God. Soft and gentle, but firm words will calm them down and draw them towards Jesus.

How are your words causing others to act? Are they stirring up anger or are they drawing them towards God and diffusing the anger?

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that God will give you the words to speak; that you will speak out of the love God has for you and for others; and that your words will be the words of God to build up rather than tear down and destroy.

Luke 11:45 Feeling Insulted

“One of the experts in the law answered him, Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.” Luke 11:45

Jesus was directly speaking to the Pharisees and other experts of the Law. He words were not very kind at all. They were very blunt and harsh words of rebuke.

He spoke on how they looked good on the outside, but were filthy inside. According to Jesus, they appeared to serve God, but was actually against Him.

This, of course, made some of them mad at Jesus. One decided to speak up about it. He directly told Jesus that when He said these things, He was insulting them. They felt that Jesus was just being mean by insulting them. They did not see what Jesus was really getting at.

The words that Jesus spoke were true. Yes, they were harsh, but stated to open the eyes of the Pharisees, teachers of the Law, and the people.

Many people do not like to hear some preachers speak, because they appear to be insulting or very harsh with them. The truth can be very harsh sometimes. Truth is factual with no other alternatives about it.

Truth will also often cut right down through to the bone. God’s Word is described as a two-edged sword that can cut very sharply. It will get to the meat of the matter. It will get past all the fluff.

God does love you. He also will speak loving words to you. But, God also loves you enough to speak the truth. He hates sin. He hates all sin, no matter how little or big it is. God can also see all the sins in your life. This means that no matter how good you look on the outside, He can still see the true inside of your heart.

When you are reading the Bible and something seems harsh and cuts you, listen to what God is saying. When you hear God speak through someone else and it insults you, ask God if it is true what is being spoken. Do not just be insulted, seek God in the matter. There may be some truth in what was said.

Allow God to work in your life and make you more like Jesus. Allow yourself to be changed. God does not insult just to be mean, He does it to get your attention back to Him.

I pray today that God will reveal areas you need to change in your life; that you will allow God to change your life; that you will seek God for the truth of your life; and that you will allow words spoken to draw you closer to God and more like Jesus.