Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

In Proverbs 15:1-4 Solomon begins by reminding us to use honey rather than a stick to address challenging situations. When people come to us in wrath, we are often tempted to be harsh in response. Wisdom shows us the value of a soft answer, one without sharp edges or points. That kind of answer can actually turn away wrath. “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger”. A harsh response to wrath will often only stirs up more anger. It may feel good at the moment, but ends up making the situation worse, not better. We indulge in sarcasm as if we would rather lose a friend than miss scoring a point in the argument. All this the world excuses. But the Gospel shows our Savior’s example. Jesus never responded that way, and was not harsh, even with those who wanted Him dead.

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