Gentle words bring life and health

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, June 5, 2016

Today’s scripture reading:

Have you ever tried to argue in a whisper? It is equally hard to argue with someone who insists on answering gently. On the other hand, a rising voice and harsh words almost always trigger an angry response. To turn away wrath and seek peace, choose gentle words. (NLT)

Proverbs 15:1-4 – A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.

The wise person makes learning a joy; fools spout only foolishness. The Lord is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good. Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

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Thomas E. Fuller (Oregon) titled his story “A GENTLE ANSWER;” here is a portion of Thomas’ story:

“Recently someone accused me of doing something I had not done. No matter how I defended myself, my words had no effect. This person disregarded my position and said things that hurt my feelings. I remember my face growing hot and wanting to lash out at him with angry words. Then I realized that acknowledging my feelings and defending myself may have been fine, but reacting solely out of anger could harm him as much as his words had harmed me.

“So instead of lashing out, I decided to spend time with God in quiet prayer and reflection. Talking over my hurt and anger with God helped me calm down. I found that I needed to rely on God’s power to give me strength to respond in loving ways. . . .

“When our feelings have been hurt, we may want to speak back in anger. Instead, God encourages us to break the bitter cycle of anger with a gentle response.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – With God’s help I will use my words wisely.

Prayer: Dear God, help us consider our words before we speak them, so that what comes out of our mouths will help, not hurt. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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