Speak Softly

Pr 15:1
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.      KJV

The Bible has much to say about our speech–the way we talk, the words we use, and how we use them.

This verse has much to say about the responses we engender with our words. If we would be conscious with our speaking, we could notice how people respond to us and gain insight into our own hearts. However, many of God’s people have bought into the New Age philosophy that says, “It’s their problem.”

“If they get angry, it’s their problem I didn’t do anything.” Isn’t that a cute way to once again avoid responsibility for our actions? Seems to work well for the ‘no-fault’ society in which we live.

This verse points out something different, though. It claims that if our words are grievous, then anger gets stirred up.

If your experience is that many get angry when you talk, then maybe you should look to yourself, and not to them. Maybe it is your ‘grievous’ words.

Grievous means: OT:6089
an earthen vessel; usually (painful) toil; also a pang (whether of body or mind)
(Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

The first thing to notice is that the base meaning of the word is ‘earthen vessel.’ When we speak from ourselves and not from the spirit, then we are likely to stir up something unpleasant in the listener.

‘Soft answer’ is both tone and content. We can turn away wrath in ourselves and others with a soft answer. Learning to speak softly in this way will require practice over a long period of time for most of us. But, if you would like to see a shift in the way people respond to you, then it will be well worth the effort to put these concepts into practice.

Good Works Not Enough

John 5:28-29   Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

This passage, of course, speaks directly to the future judgment of all people. There will indeed be a resurrection at the end of the age. This Bible doctrine is plain enough for everyone to understand. The fact that I will be resurrected into one realm or the other should be motivation enough to learn what it means to live a good life.

However, many are trusting in only their good works. Let us remember that without a living relationship with the Living One, our good works are meaningless:

Isa.64:6a But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;..KJV

Mt 7:22-23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.             KJV

A life of doing good works, of being a good person, means absolutely nothing if those works are not born from the Spirit. They cannot be born of the Spirit if you are not born again.

Jn 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.                                                                     KJV

If you are not sure whether you are born again, write me at dale@practicalbibleteaching.com and let me help you to know for sure.