A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Oh to master this truth at a young age!
When I substitute teach, my 20 minute drive allows me time to pray for the students I’ll be spending the day with. I also pray that I will have patience and gentle responses. There are times when a student enters the classroom angry, and my response has a lot to do in setting the tone for the rest of the class.
In the New Testament book of James, we are told “no man can tame the tongue.” If that’s the case, why bother trying?!
Let’s take a closer look. James 3:7-10
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14