Gentleness soothes the spirit. It encourages the broken-hearted. It gives hope to the hopeless. Proverbs 15:1 states that “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” Have you ever been in the middle of an argument? Chances are you have. Think about what you have experienced or seen in the middle of an argument. This verse says that tempers flare. Tempers rise in an argument and only make things worse.
However, kind and gentle words heal all wounds. This is a truth we should teach our children. Imagine if they lived by this truth instead of allowing anger to control them. This is a truth we should apply in marriage as well. Be gentle with your spouse instead of harsh. Allow gentleness to rule in an argument instead of tempers. This is a truth we should apply to everyone else we meet whether that is at work or in the world. Be gentle with others. Allow them to see Christ in you.
Gentleness will rule in our world if we allow it to rule in our hearts and home first. Gentleness can bind us together with others and can pave the way to love, joy, and hope. May your words be gentle and your actions be evidence of the gentleness that lives inside of you.