"A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." ESV
We've all had someone get really angry at us and yell angry words. Our first reaction is to just give it right back, with a really loud angry response. We want to show them we aren't going to stand back and be treated that way. We want them to know how it feels. That's the way of our human natures. As children of God, we are no longer bound to our human natures. We can freely respond to such anger from another person with gentleness. It is amazing how doing this drives away anger. God's way works best.
Heavenly Father, forgive us for the times we have gotten caught up in the anger of the moment, following our old human natures. Help us to remember we are not bound to that way anymore and that we can reply to an angry person with the gentleness of Christ. In His name we pray, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
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