Proverbs 15:1 (NIV): A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Okay. I admit it. I have a loud voice. It can be misinterpreted. If I get passionate about a subject my volume can go up further. On so many occasions in my life people think I am mad or angry. Actually, I’m usually just loud. Knowing that I am loud means that I have to be very intentional about speaking softly.
An unintended consequence of my loud voice is that some people, even people that I love dearly, can respond with heightened energy. My heart may be good, but I am still responsible for my voice. I have work to do.
There is so much wisdom in the book of Proverbs. The book is full of little nuggets of how to live with others and how to live consistently with God. I believe that the above verse not only applies to my voice, but also to how I communicate with words. I must think about any unintended results from writing something in haste and posting it on social media. People are sharing opinions more now than ever. I think that the lack of filters on Facebook has even led to a lack of filters with the spoken word.
For me, I must be careful. I want to embrace how my grandfather, David Crockett, talked when I knew him before his death. He talked with gentleness. He was known to others as a gentleman. Because of that, his words did not stir up anger in others. I want to submit myself to Jesus, and talk and write with a respect that encourages the best from others.
Prayer: Father, please forgive me for any inappropriateness with my loud mouth. I need Your control over my voice and my words. May my answers, my questions, and all my words, spoken and written, turn wrath and anger away, and encourage communication that can lead others to You.