Saturday, March 7, 2009
A SOFT ANSWER
We knew there was going to be trouble the minute we saw a very angry man and his two children approach the desk at the library. As library clerks, we had talked earlier in the day with the daughter as she tried to obtain a library card. Because they lived out of the district, it would cost a large annual fee. Of course they didn’t want to pay it, thinking it unjust. Now it was time to face an angry father.
We prayed for God’s intervention and a peaceful solution to an otherwise volatile situation. Scripture speaks about a soft answer turning away wrath. The soft words would be our part. We also knew, however, that Scripture talks about turning the other cheek and praying for those who despitefully use us. Which scenario it would be - peace or loud shouting?
To our complete surprise, as we began to express our empathy toward the father, his anger began to cool. In response to our soft answers, his words became softer. Eventually, the man and his children left the library. The issue was unresolved but he knew some steps he could take to remedy the matter. We all breathed a huge sigh of relief and lifted our eyes heavenward in thankfulness to God.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
Heavenly Father, please show me clearly which words You would have me use today in each situation as it arises. In Jesus’ name. Amen.