Proverbs 15 (KJV)
1 A soft answer turneth away wrath:
But grievous words stir up anger.
Proverbs 15:1–2 (NKJV)
1 A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly,
But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
My father probably taught me this verse as a young child because I don’t remember a time when in times of anger it wasn’t emphasized. So much emphasis was this given that I do not remember a time when my father lost his temper; a soft answer was his habit of life. I did not hear my father yell at my mother either. We did get his frustration when we deserved it, but he was never out of control with anger. I did not realize how unusual this was until I got older and knew others who lived angry lives and pointed back to their fathers and mothers whose anger was a regular part of life.
The second half of verse 2 teaches us that foolishness “pours” out of fools. Foolish pouring might be the “grievous words” of verse 1. Any fool can get angry; it is a person of wisdom who remains under control in anger’s presence. The person of wisdom uses knowledge rightly, that is, they are careful with their words, even in the presence of frustration.
Have you ever mentally removed yourself from an angry situation to try to understand the person who was angry and to ask God for wisdom to defuse their anger? As Christians who possess the Holy Spirit of God, we should be carriers of God’s peace, the opposite of foolish fleshly anger. On a day-to-day basis we should be people of soft, controlled and loving words that turn away the anger of others.
If you are in the Kemang area or close to it, join us at 11:45 for noon prayer today. We take time to read and to pray God’s word together. This has become a healthy part of our week.
Be in prayer for Sunday as we prepare for our time together in God’s house with God’s people.
Thank you for your prayers for Monica and for Justin. Monica should be released no later than tomorrow and Justin was released earlier today. Difficult situations God has taken care of in His wisdom and lovingkindness.
Have a great day in the Lord,