"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words cause quarrels." (Prov.15:1)
This one I did NOT want to write about! This one hits way too close to home! How many times have I spoken a harsh word and regretted it?? I can't begin to count!! I am married to a strong and independent man... the clash comes because I am also a strong and independent woman!!
This much I DO know... a gentle response ALWAYS changes the course of the conversation. Ask my husband! I am working hard to change my responses when they are harsh... I have begun to really intensely dislike that word... harsh!
There are times when I even feel justified in giving the wrong kind of response... after all... HE IS WRONG!!
NOPE... not what God says for me to do... and He is very clear about it!
I have seen over and over, in my own home, when I intentionally give a gentle answer... it enriches and blesses my heart. I have also seen how quickly my husband notices... it blesses his heart too.
I can tell you... in my 'quiet and sincere' voice... God always blesses when I tone down a hasty retort, and give a quiet response... always!!... My husband loves it, I am happy, and the whole mood changes!
... By the way... I had my husband read this one before I posted it... I got a big smile and a 'thumbs up!'...