A Soft Answer

by Mark T. Hancock · 2 comments

If we are going to offer ourselves as His ambassadors, we will get the opportunity to put His Word to the test.

A scripture that has given me ample opportunity is this beautiful verse from Proverbs 15.

A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.

At some times I’ve intentionally given “a soft answer” and at other times I’ve unintentionally given “a harsh word” and I can state with full confidence that what we see in this verse is true. A soft answer is better.

How many times we see Jesus respond with a soft answer or, perhaps, with silence. What an example He is for us of the Word Incarnate.

I’m thinking of His instruction to the woman caught in the act of adultery:

“Go, and sin no more.” (John 8:11)

The Only One present with the authority to throw the first stone chose soft words of grace.

Thank God for the example of Christ in showing us that we are more than mere men and that, as James says of the way we err with our tongue, “My brethren, these things ought not to be so” (James 3:10).

If they “ought not to be so” it must be possible to speak as Jesus did!

Let’s not give up on a soft answer. It’s good stewardship of the Word that’s been invested in us.

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kasongo munza April 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm

This is really inspiring Pastor Mark. God bless your work abundantly.

Grayfox April 19, 2010 at 5:18 pm

This is my first visit here, but I will be back soon, because I really like the way you are writing, it is so simple and honest

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