"That girl is poison..."
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
She sat across from me. She wore her anger. She had been wronged by someone. She vented her displeasure. She was infuriated.
I waited. I sat silent.
Was she justified in her anger? Yes. Was she bitter? Yes.
Did I have permission to speak? I wasn't sure.
There are times that women come to me and they don't know what to do with their anger. They want help. They share their frustration and then ask me to pray and help them to deal with their anger in a godly manner. They give me permission to speak the truth. To provide a gentle answer...
But there are other times. When we vent and we don't want to hear the truth. We don't grant others permission to speak. We just want to dump our anger... our indignation... on to someone else. Because maybe it makes us feel better... and we think the other person can handle our displeasure. But we need to be aware that when we vent, we are sharing a bitter poison. And when we don't give them permission to defuse our anger with a gentle word, we may be kindling a fire that is within them.
We need to remember that our words can be like poison.
Or they can be like an antidote.
A gentle response defuses anger,
but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.
Proverbs 15:1 MSG
Siesta Scripture Memory Verse #7