Today's Devotional Thought
February 12, 2010 by Wendy Foreman
If you have children, may I suggest that you write this verse out, frame it, and hang it in your home. My children love each other. I know they do and I see it everyday in the way that they hug each other in the morning before they leave for school and when they are home at the end of the school day and asking each other about their day. However, when we had the snowstorm a few weeks back and were stuck in the house for a few days, things got ugly. They had more than enough of each other and the gentle answers were just not happening. I think I heard more harsh words than anything and honestly had reached a point when I was done refereeing. I found this verse this week in a study and have decided that I am going to use it more and more in our home and frame it so that my children can see it and we can all learn it together.
Let’s move from our children to our spouses, other family members, and friends. How do we respond to them? Have you ever tried to argue while whispering? It is also difficult to argue with someone who is answering you gently. I was reminded this week while studying the Word and other material that the more time we spend with the Lord and learn His truths and pray, the more we will become like Him. It will become easier for us to respond in gentleness and not with harsh words. All throughout the Gospels you can see Jesus answering gently. Even when He was personally attacked, slapped, and spat upon, we see Him being so humble and gentle. Many of us today struggle to answer in a way that is gentle with certain people in our lives. Quite honestly we find ourselves saying things that are harsh and hurtful and that stir up not only anger but hurt for those we aim it towards. Why not print out this verse and put it wherever you can in your home to remind you to answer gently and not harshly. We all need to use words in our home that encourage, uplift, and show God’s love.