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A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. – Proverbs 15:1 NIV
When we are kind when we choose our words, others are more likely to treat us nicely in return.
When we say whatever comes to mind, we sometimes speak too quickly, and might say something hurtful.
The Lord asks us to love one another, and part of being loving means choosing our words carefully. Amen.
Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. – Psalm 126:5 NKJV
The Lord doesn’t prevent illness and hardship from falling upon us, because He teaches us lessons through our trials. Jesus experienced much suffering during His lifetime, but He also felt joy and peace, probably when He spent time praying and meditating alone in the early mornings.
Before we react to things that come our way, we can pause and decide not to respond. In reacting, we sometimes sap ourselves of joy and cause unnecessary grief. Other people don’t always understand how their words can impact us in a negative way. For that reason, we need to focus on the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, kindness, tenderness, and self control. It is a meditative practice to focus back on our God-given breath and allow ourselves to mute the dissonant outside world. Amen.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. – James 1:19-20 KJV
Parenting a toddler can take a lot of patience. It is normal to feel angry or frustrated when children don’t listen. Their brains are still developing so they don’t always understand what we expect them to do.
For example, my little boy refused to wear his pull-up several times. This could be an indication that he is ready for potty training, but it is still aggravating to try to force him to put back on his pull-up. I felt like I spent the better half of the day fighting with him. Toddlers have strong wills.
Instead of yelling and getting mad, we can say a prayer for patience, stop ourselves before we say something not intended or apologize if we let something slip out. This, too, shall pass. Children grow up and we as parents learn how to cope with the hurdles with God’s help. Amen.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:6 NIV
It can be challenging to always speak with grace. We don’t have all the answers, but we can be kind and patient when we don’t have the answer or choose not to speak.
When we judge another person, it can be easy to get caught up in our own sense of right and wrong without considering their perspective. Sometimes it is best to listen.
The Holy Spirit can direct us how to answer when we are unsure. He never tells us to say anything unkind. He always has the right answer, but sometimes we have to wait for it. We don’t have to react to situations immediately. After prayer and meditation, we may see a situation differently.
Sometimes dealing with things with grace requires unplugging ourselves from technology. We can set healthy limits so that we are not unwittingly letting in agitating communications. It is perfectly fine to turn our phones off or put them on airplane mode so that we can exercise good sleep routines. The Lord knows that if we take care of ourselves it will be easier to respond with grace. Amen.