Words from the Heart for Tuesday July 16th, 2019
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)
Turning Away Wrath
Quebec City’s Winter Carnival committee made major changes to the parade this past February and they faced the wrath of those who attended. After changing the format of its famous parade, the Carnaval de Quebec received an avalanche of scathing reviews on its Facebook page, some reporting that organizational failures at the event left children in tears. The criticism focused on lengthy delays, choice of location and a new format where spectators waited at designated “stations” for music, theatre and dance troupes to arrive and perform. Other reviews noted the “sombre” costumes and makeup and the fact that the celebrated snowman, Bonhomme, was placed on the first float instead of his usual position at the parade’s conclusion.
Confrontation is never easy. It is a rare person who enjoys having to deal with challenges in interpersonal relationships. But if you find yourself in a difficult relationship and you are wondering how to handle things, Proverbs 15:1 gives you some idea: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” The natural response to anger is anger. We don’t even have to think about anger – if someone is angry with you, be angry back. That’s what most people do. The problem is that taken to its logical conclusion, what you end up with is a multi-generational conflict akin to the Hatfields and McCoys. Somewhere along the line, somebody has to put Biblical principles into practice. Instead of returning anger with anger, just once return anger with a gentle answer. What a difference this will make. It will stop the anger that is at the heart of the conflict. It will shock the angry person and I can testify that it will begin the process of healing and reconciliation. Put it into practice.
These have been words from the heart.