“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (NASB)
STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS
“A gentle (rak: tender, soft, delicate) answer turns away wrath (chemahor or chema: fury, poison, displeasure, rage, anger), but a harsh (`etseb: sorrow, labor, grievous, sorrowful) word stirs up anger ('aph: wrath, longsuffering).”
A gentle and tender answer turns away wrath and anger, but a grievous and sorrowful word stirs up wrath and anger.
I’ve really felt the LORD moving me into a walk of tenderness recently. Gentleness is not always a quality that I possess in great capacity, but I know that I need to. Thankfully, the Scriptures are full of wisdom regarding how I obtain what I am in need of. Today, seek gentleness. Choose kindness rather than anger. Choose patience rather than anxiety. Choose to listen rather than debate. We are a people in need of balance. May we love as we have been loved and show kindness as our LORD has showered His kindness upon us.