Gentle Answer

Proverbs 15:1 ~ A gentle answer turns away wrath,   

           but a harsh word stirs up anger.

I saw this happen in the most unexpected way recently. My daughter had a little run in with her roommate and they were both pretty irritated with each other. As we talked through the situation, she agreed that she needed to apologize for her part in the argument. Instead of focusing on the roommate she took responsibility and gave a gentle answer to a heated text message. I don't know the roommate's reaction but I know the "gentle answer" turned away my daughter's "wrath." I had always seen that verse as affecting the recipient of the "gentle answer" and it was cool to see that it had the same effect on the person who said it.

-Valerie Locke

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