Read Proverbs 15:1 (https://bit.ly/2YFfEGJ)
This is a proverb I’ve struggled with since youth. My family dynamic growing up was, in a word… loud. While arguing, we would respond to one another in increasing decibels until someone gave up and walked away or we lost our voice. Needless to say, this is not what God intended. Proverbs 15:1 states, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger”. We are to maintain a peaceful demeanor when facing an adversary. This is much easier said than done, especially given the current events of our world. However, the energy used in escalating a conflict is much better used improving ourselves – from the inside out. We need to trust God’s will to seek unity, discipline and unselfishness even though it contradicts our need to always be right. It’s so tempting to get in that last word. But before engaging, think, ‘does my intended response defuse a situation or detonate it’? Angry words are counterproductive! Speak peace instead of conflict.
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