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Gentle, not Harsh

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 15:1 which says:

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Where can we see a gentle answer displayed the most? In Jesus. Jesus not only gave gentle answers to almost everyone He came in contact with, but He also gave a gentle answer at the cross. When the people were crucifying Him, and cursing Him, He responded with: “Father, Forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. Jesus forgave His crucifiers. He forgave those whose sin had brought Him here; He forgave us.

God gave a gentle answer to us: He sent His son to save us from sin. His gentle answer turned His wrath away from us, and onto His own son. Jesus suffered for the sins we committed… He took on the wrath of His own Father. Jesus took on our sin so that we could become children of God. 1 John 3:1 and John 1:12

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”  (1 John 3:1)

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,” (John 1:12)

This passage also has some practical meaning; it is a Proverb after all. This particular verse is quite obvious: be gentle in your answers. Often times arguments are started when someone is harsh towards another person; even though they could instead be gentle.

This also comes in the case of discipline: when you discipline your children you don’t want to be harsh with them; that will only make it worse. Instead if you are gentle they will realize that you are disciplining them because you love them, not because you hate them.

Overall, being gentle with people is much better than being harsh with them. Jesus is the greatest example of being gentle; so let us also be gentle.

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

 

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