Why is this so hard for me?
When my three year old hurts his older brother (words or action) and my seven year old's reaction is unkind, it is easy for me to explain how he handled the situation poorly. His brother sinned by his actions, but he sinned too with his response. Now, instead of just little brother being in trouble, they both are!
Seems easy enough to explain, but hard to live out.
How often have you been offended by the words of a friend or family member and "reacted?" I'm definitely guilty of "reacting" to the harm done to me. It doesn't feel very good. How much better would it be to respond gently and not stir up anger?
This verse is my mission this week. To live out the advice I give my children. To chose my words wisely.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.