Proverbs 15: King James Bible
A Soft Answer – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fifteen, Verses 1-2
1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – A Soft Answer
This is an area of my life, that the Lord has had to do major reconstruction, and I’m still a work in progress. I don’t know about you, but I can assure you, I’ve been guilty on both counts too many times to place a number for it.
First count being a knee jerk reaction to use grievous words, and the second would be, having a mouth of a fool. It takes a special type of person to be on the receiving end of either of these, and have a disaster diverted, or to not take offense.
A soft answer is easy when all is well. But the true test of one’s fortitude concerning what it takes to turn away wrath, would be when wrath is headed your way in the first place.
Again, as we’ve seen so many times throughout these devotionals, the Lord is telling us what he would like to observe within each of us. He is letting us know “how to,” in this manual for life we call the Bible.In this case, it is “How to” turn away wrath.
I would like to inject my opinion about both of the verses above. First of all, depending on the situation, wisdom would be a requirement, in order to have the knowledge to give a soft answer that will turn away wrath.
In the face of something that would otherwise ruffle your feathers, it would take either an act of divine intervention, the wisdom of God etched inside of you on the ready, or both, to even remember this verse! So, that’s why I would consider these two verses to belong together.
But concerning the second half of each verse, I think they are a little different from one another. The second half of verse one, isn’t implying foolishness, sin, or wrong doing at all. But gives us a generic cause and effect.
We may find at times throughout our lives, that we need to give a grievous word to someone. Me having been a foreman, I can say this with certainty. This isn’t to say that being grievous is the way to go, but there are times where if you’re not, bad things may either develop, or continue to take place.
Having the mouth of a fool is a whole different ballgame. From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. If you’ve got the mouth of a fool, there’s a great chance that you’ve got a foolish spirit, and perhaps a foolish way of dealing with things to boot.
Nothing good comes from being foolish. It’s almost like a lifestyle of disaster, that you personally cater for yourself.
The Father wants for us to be full of wisdom and knowledge, to prevent ourselves from speaking foolishly. Thus having the presence of mind to turn away wrath, and prevent becoming the fool.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 7: King James Bible
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Mark 7: King James Bible
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Ephesians 5: King James Bible
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
1 Peter 2: King James Bible
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
Thank you for the blessing of your Word, and giving us access, both to you and your Word. We ask Lord, that you etch your Word upon our souls, write them on the tablets of our hearts, so that we are on the ready in the face of whatever is thrown at us. May your specific instruction be stirred into our remembrance, as is necessary throughout our walk. All so that we are more obedient to you and your will for us. In the name of thee Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever been calmed by a soft answer?
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