Be meek not weak
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1 ESV
1 Kings 12:7
Then they spoke to him, saying, “If you will be a servant to this people today, and will serve them and grant them their petition, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.”
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger calms a dispute.
By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bone
From Pulpits: Two things are here to be observed: an answer should be given – the injured person should not wrap himself in sullen silence; and that answer should be gentle and conciliatory. This is tersely put in a mediaeval rhyme –
“Frangitur ira gravis
Quando est respensio suavis.”
“Anger, however great,
Is checked by answer sweet.”
Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
A soft answer turneth away wrath,…. Mild words, gentle expressions, delivered with kindness and tenderness, humility and submission; these will work upon a man’s passions, weaken his resentments, and break and scatter the storm of wrath raised in his breast, just breaking forth in a very boisterous and blustering manner; so high winds are sometimes laid by soft showers. Thus the Ephraimites were pacified by Gideon’s mild answer; and David by Abigail’s very submissive and respectful address, Judges 8:1;
Matthew Henry Commentary
15:1 A right cause will be better pleaded with meekness than with passion. Nothing stirs up anger like grievous words. 2. He that has knowledge, is to use it aright, for
the good of others.
Meekness is far from weakness. It is one thing to know, which is the start, but its only effective when practiced. To do consistently is the key. Perfection is impossible. To grow we need to:
This can only come from experience and it takes true wisdom.
Excellence is achieved when we master the balance of meekness and passion, remaining calm while being strong, and keeping focused on our goals while understanding God’s ultimate sovereignty.
We humans have a distinct advantages, gifts, from the rest if God’s creatures. One if which is our cognitive mind. The space between action and reaction is critical. Animals have no space. We do. We can choose our response. We should filter our reaction thru God’s Word and our personal mission. This is where success abounds.
LORD, You know I have come a ways in this regard but have quite a haul yet to travel. Empower me to be victorious and an overcomer. Thank You sweet Jesus for being my provision and advocate.