Words from the Heart for Wednesday May 5th, 2021
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)
When David Mainse passed away in 2017, the CBC reported that the “gentle host and pioneer of Canadian televangelism [has died] at age 81. He was the Pentecostal minister who brought televangelism Canadian-style to the nation with the daily show “100 Huntley Street”, the longest running religious program in Canada. His style was conversational.” They quoted Lorna Dueck saying, “David used the platform of daily television to model open, respectful conversation on faith among citizens from coast-to-coast”.
The Bible is an amazing library of books. It contains history, theology, literature and wisdom. The wisdom it imparts is eternal, but always has practical impact on how we ought to live our lives as lovers of God and followers of Jesus Christ. King Solomon was given the gift of wisdom and as he looked around his world, he noticed some immutable truths. One of them he records in Proverbs 15:1: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” It takes the grace of God to respond gently when someone is threatening us. The human reaction is to respond in the same way as we are being challenged. But Solomon had noticed that when someone responds to a verbal attack with gentleness and respect, he or she often takes the wind out of the sails of the attacker. Responding in like manner only adds fuel to the fire – it stirs up anger, to use Solomon’s words. When you are feeling threatened, ask the Lord to give you the power to respond as Jesus always did. Not once in the Gospels do we read of Jesus stirring up anger by His response to those who attacked Him. He can give us the grace to respond as He did.
These have been words from the heart.