TUESDAY, JULY 23
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1 (ESV)
THE TONE OF OUR WORDS
Two New Yorkers were driving through Louisiana. As they were approaching the town of Natchitoches (pronounced nack-o-tish), they started arguing about the pronunciation of the name. They argued back and forth until they stopped for lunch. As they stood at the counter, one New Yorker asked the manager, “Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are … very slowly?” The manager leaned over the counter and said, “Burrrrrrrrgerrrrrrr-Kiiiiing.”
In an argument, have you ever noticed that as the volume of the argument between the two parties is raised, the less is accomplished for good? Yes, the content of what we say, genuine or not, is important, but how we say it is of equal importance. Solomon tells us something we all know innately but often fail to practice. If we want to ratchet down an argument, we need to speak softer. Think about your own words. How do you speak to your spouse, kids, co-workers, strangers in traffic, those on social media when you are happy and when you are angry? Is your tone helpful or hurtful? Ask the Lord to help you not stir up anger in others with your words but rather to use your words in a positive and helpful way.