“A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1, NKJV)
You know, there is a tendency for us to argue with persons who argue with us, to be angry with those who are angry with us, and fight with those who fight with us. Yet, this verse in proverbs lets us know that the best way to handle someone who argues, is angry or wants to fight, is to control our temper and speak softly. It has been said many times, “It’s hard to argue with someone who is not arguing back.”
1. Have you ever fallen into the trap of letting someone “push” your buttons causing you to react in an angry, aggressive way? Most if not all of us have.
2. Are you a person who is prone to “going off” and reacting angrily to others words or actions?
3. You know many people would still be alive today if they would have just controlled their emotions and spoke softly rather than with aggression to someone who was loud and angry.
4. There is a statement that I tell myself and others often, “He who controls your emotions controls you!” Don’t let others control you by controlling your mind and emotions.
The next time someone wants to “get into it with you” or “pushes your buttons” so to speak, humble yourself, take control of your emotions and speak kindly to that person. Do it for you. You will find that your day and night will be more peaceful and restful because you simply learned, to SPEAK SOFTLY.