A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Over the years I’ve heard many a preacher that seemed to believe that loud and right were synonymous. It seems that they may have forgotten the wisdom of the proverbs. They seem to think that volume will get the message across to the errant better than gentleness of speech. They come across as harsh, and don’t understand why hearers don’t comply with their message.
The harshness of tone automatically puts folks on the defensive, putting up a wall, and stirring up anger. The ability to reason with the errant is gone because defensiveness has taken the place of receptiveness. Isaiah 1:18 says this “Come now, let us reason[fn] together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” If the Lord says let’s reason together, perhaps we should follow in His example and reason with folks, as opposed to lambasting them.
Reasoning with people appears to be the way to go. The apostle Paul used reasoning to reach his audience… Acts 17:2 “And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures.” Reasoning with people shows us to be reasonable in character and our approach to the truth.
Come let us reason together, and put away the harsh words.
© 2016 Leo J. Woodman