“By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.”
Patience instead of forcing a matter is the wiser choice for persuasion.
Few things will happen if we simply force our own agenda by manipulation or anger. Pausing to remember that God’s plan is much better and higher than anything we can desire is wise.
“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”
Soft words of wisdom can make a difference.
The harder our words are the harder the wrath of those who receive them.
“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”
Consider when your words came out harder than you heard them beforehand. What was the outcome? Were they met with wrath or forbearance?
“He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.”
Consider the other side, when you received hard words of wrath.
How did you react?
“A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.”
“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”
May we speak soft words of wisdom in order to show the love of Christ to those around us.
1 Samuel 13-14 | Romans 9 | Proverbs 6
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