Posted by: Larry Hoekman | March 18, 2016

Proverbs — Proverbs 15:1-6

Day 2312: This IS the day that the Lord has made – let us truly rejoice and be glad in it!

Scripture:  When I give a gentle answer, it turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.  By speaking wisely, I make knowledge acceptable; but fools spout only foolishness.  The eyes of the Lord are in every place, as He keeps His eye on the evil and the good.  When I use gentle words, it is like a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.  Only fools despise their parents’ discipline, but I am wise to learn from correction.  Great wealth is in the house of the righteous, but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.  Proverbs 15:1-6

Thoughts/questions:  How do we make knowledge acceptable?  By speaking WISELY!!!If we want to share with others our knowledge of God, we must use wisdom and gentle words.  Sharing anything relative to God is a weighty responsibility, and we are to speak in a manner that encourages our listener to accept those words!  They may not change, but our wise words are at least accepted and not considered mere foolishness!

Gentle words!  Words that soothe, bring peace, and turn away anger.    Sadly, we either have had personal experience or know someone who has had the opposite happen.  Anger increased, hurts followed, and that relationship died.

Jesus’ life was characterized by gentle words!  There were exceptions, but when potential turmoil arose from antagonistic opponents, Jesus usually used questions to diffuse or confuse his protagonists.  Thoughtful questioning requires the asker and the responder to stop and reflect, hence de-escalating the situation.  Seek God’s help to use gentle words and thought provoking questions.

Suggested prayer:  Loving Father, help me to guard my speech, speak with wisdom, and use gentle words . . .

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