Coffee Break: Proverbs 15:1

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I LOVE the early-morning time: the cool air, the calm before the chaos, the quiet reflection…

My coffee is strong and black {as usual}.

My Bible is open to Proverbs 15:1.

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Ummmm, well… ouch.

You know how there are things that you know you should do/say… things that are the right way to do something?

This is one of those “things” for me, as I know I should always give a gentle answer.

Unfortunately, what tends to spew from my mouth is the first thing that comes to my mind: sarcasm.

Many times, sarcasm = harsh.

Harsh words make tempers flare.

When you speak to someone nicely, it makes it harder for them to be angry/rude/sarcastic back to you. {Well, nine times out of ten, anyway.}

So, then, why do I tend to go the other direction and reply with annoyance and disregard?

Do I blame it on my humanity? On my human nature? Or the general tendency of humans towards sin?

Truly, I have no right to place blame on anything but myself. Anything else would be considered an excuse.

A gentle answer turns away wrath…

Maybe I should try that.

Should you?

Comments

  1. Julie says

    Wow, you spoke right into my heart. You are right on the money honey. Thanks for bringing it to my attention so I can repent. Now I have to go apologize to an 8 year old and 3 year old…and maybe my husband too.

  2. says

    I have actually taught this verse to all 3 of our children, as they are high strung like their parents! This week, the same Scripture came back to bite me as I did not follow it very well, and my children called me on it! Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Mandy´s last blog ..Fill My Cup =-.

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