Use a Soft Answer – “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1. I have experienced the truth of this verse many times. How I respond to a situation is often much more important than the actual words that I use. Real Men are kind and demonstrate that kindness by using a soft answer. Men, take time to do some self-evaluation.
- When you disagree with your wife, does your voice get louder and louder?
- Do you ever yell at your wife?
- When you discipline your children, do you yell at them?
- What kinds of words do you use in your home? Are they gentle? Are they soft? Or, are they harsh? Are they grievous?
Remember, harsh words are easy. They come naturally. They are sinful and our bodies are naturally inclined towards them. Soft words are difficult. They often require a deep breath and a moment of thought. They require patience. But, soft words are kind. They demonstrate love and respect.
Real men give a soft answer. Real men are kind. Be a real man.