A soft answer turneth away wrath but grievous words stir up anger.


A few weeks ago, I ran into a former colleague. While we were chatting and catching up on old times, I asked her about another colleague, and she told me how she insulted the man because he asked her to lend him some monies to enable him to buy some foodstuff for his family.

She said:

When he asked me to lend him some monies to buy foodstuff for his family, I told him to give me a man who will sleep with me and give me the money that I will give to him. 

I just shook my head in pity for the man because I understand how it feels to be insulted by the person you ask for help and for her. After all, she does not understand the consequences of what she said. She also said that the man didn’t speak to her again until he left the establishment.

The Bible says; A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1 The words you say to people can either mend or break them. Would something bad had happened to that lady if she had given the man a soft answer like “ oh! I am sorry I can’t help you because of this or that. I am pretty sure that the man would have felt a lot better.

Murder is not only when we kill someone with a weapon. You can murder someone with your mouth like in the story“ How I murdered my student with my mouth“ Do you know that they are words that you will say to someone and that person will never forget it until he or she dies? And Some may never forgive you.

Some of us are very quick to insult, but you see the irony of this is these people who are quick to insult do not like it when they are being insulted. The lady in question hates insult, but she likes to insult other people. Do unto others what you want them to do to you. It may not be easy at first, but with constant practice, nature will breathe on you and God will help you.

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