A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Sounds reasonable. Should be easy to do. Yet, have you ever raised your voice in anger? What are the results? Aren’t your emotions often mirrored back, or you hit pay dirt and tap into a high pressure well of ugly?
Anger most often plays on the wounds of the party’s involved which is why it’s so sick, why the results are so damaging, so long lasting. I’ve spent a lot of time in anger, done a lot of damage, been damaged. No good had come out if it, only scars.
Why does God share this wisdom with us? Words matter. V4 says “Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim”.
The tongue can be very evil and it’s tied directly to the brain. They both need training in what’s right, and the best place for that training, the best place to learn, the best trainer in what’s right, it’s all recorded in scripture. Wisdom, the difference between right and wrong, the most amazing man ever grace the earth (by a country mile), that’s where you’ll find it.
Jesus, wisdom, and God’s law. Follow them, study them, live them. It is the right way because v3 “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere keeping watch on the wicked and the good”.
It ain’t Santa who “knows what you’ve been thinking, He knows when you’ve been bad our good, so you’d better be good for goodness sake…..”.
Ponder this: how would your life change if you could truly respond without anger?