Gentle words are powerful. Proverbs 15:1 - A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. Have you ever witnessed this? I have. When my husband and I have gotten into arguments, it usually doesn't calm down until one of returns with gentle words, which is usually the result of spending some quality time with God. Let's face it, if left to my own devices, I must admit, I am not always gentle with my words.
Last night, I was teasing Walter and I really hurt his feelings. Once I realized that I had really hurt him, I spoke gently to him and sincerely apologized. This could have escalated into an argument instead it was ended in peace, love and understanding. It is amazing how gentle words can calm the heart and sooth the soul.
When we speak to others what words do we use? This is important! We could be building relationships or tearing them down with our words. Be very careful with your words, people who love you and value what you say will carry those words around with them. I challenge you, the next time you are angry, take some time and ensure that you return with gentle words, it just might make all the difference.
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