Using Your Words Wisely
Monday, 3 September 2012
"A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness." Proverbs 15:1-2
Have you ever been in a situation where your response to someone's anger turned the situation into a heated argument?
I'm sure we've all been in this situation at one time or another, but as Christians we are called to go above and beyond to avoid this. Yes, I know we're humans and this will happen, but I also know we're Christians, and we have the power of the Holy Spirit to discipline us in this respect. As a Christian, never take the former as an excuse for foolish actions on your part. Remember, we have choices.
So how can we avoid a foolish heated, anger filled, argument?
We can do this by providing a "soft answer". In the book of Judges, when Gideon was "sharply reprimanded" by the men of Ephraim, who were counterparts in-the-Lord, as to why he had gone into battle against the Midianites alone, Gideon provided an answer that was pleasing to their ears. The answer was so pleasing that the Bible says that "their anger toward him subsided when he said that."
Through Gideon's choice of words, we obtain an excellent example of disciplining ourselves via the power of the Holy Spirit to speak wisely. Yes, He can even make our initial anger to subside, quickly.
Gideon, I'm sure could have reacted in anger and even defeated them in a fight, after all the Lord was with him and performing great feats through him, but he chose not to.
Let's take this Biblical example and apply it into our lives. Although let me encourage, you must be prepared. Keep in prayer, place His words into your heart and continuously contemplate Jesus all the day long, and it will be much easier when the situation arrives. In addition, He will give you the words to speak.
"Now the men of Ephraim said to him, “Why have you done this to us by not calling us when you went to fight with the Midianites?” And they reprimanded him sharply." Judges 8:1
"My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart" Proverbs 3:1-3
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you" Philippians 4:8-9
All Scripture taken from the New King James Version