A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.
Do you sometimes find yourself searching for a word that is most appropriate for the occasion? Recently I was doing exactly what I am talking about with the two words mentioned above… Preference and Prejudice.
With everyone in the public arena exploiting situations, it is apparent that sometimes their selection of vocabulary is not always the best choice. The endeavor to create an atmosphere of divisiveness and produce argumentation is deplorable. It is typical of someone who is intent on assigning blame, as over a gentle spirit that would resolve a problem.
I cannot help but feel that with our elections two years in the offing, many of those who were elected with other people’s money, and supported by the taxpayers for their salaries and retirement benefits, are losing any thought that might relate to “a soft answer turns away wrath”. (Proverbs 15:1) In fact it would do us all good to read the entire 15th chapter of Proverbs. Someone told me when I became a Christian, “read a chapter of Proverbs each day. It contains the wisdom of the wisest man who ever lived.” Knowledge is one thing, but wisdom is altogether different. Another friend of by-gone years said: “Wisdom is getting to know things from God’s point of view.
Preference has to do with selection of one thing over another. Prejudice involves an opinion without an anchor. One has to do with a thought through conclusion, while the other is void of facts.
Choose words that bespeak Jesus in every situation.