Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Gentle Answer


Emily Miller

I don't know about you all, but I think as women we sometimes have the desire to be right all the time, even when we are not.

This last week alone has been trying enough for me. The president made a decision for my University that was ultimately along the lines of Christian Conservative values the school should have been following, to begin with. Yet, this decision has, in turn, upset about 75% of the liberal population on campus and has put me at odds with this 75%.

When I believe strongly about something, I tend to want to fight to get my point across, especially when I feel like I am the one not being heard or understood in a situation.

This does not just happen when it comes to political issues. It can happen in your relationships where you and the other person may not exactly see eye to eye on an issue.

Sometimes it can be exhausting to fight to get your point across. There is also a very good chance that you will only drive the other person off or set them even further in their mindset that you do not agree with.

When it comes to times like these it is important to remember a simple Proverb.

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1

So the next time you find yourself in an argument, whether it may be something you are convicted on or not, try answering in a gentle manner. You may find that disagreements are diffused more quickly and compromises will be made more easily if you don't spend your energy fighting about something that may or may not matter very much in the long run.



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