BIBLE READING: Proverbs 13-15
We’ve all been there… Your teenager asks to stay out past midnight and you say no. Nothing good happens after midnight you say. But, all of my friends are staying late and their parents trust them says the teen. Back and forth the discussion goes until you have had enough and raise your voice loud enough for the next county to hear when you say, “Because I said so!” In defiance, the teen yells, “I hate you,” and storms off slamming their bedroom door. You are left wondering what you could have done differently. Proverbs 15:1 seems to have been written precisely for this scenario as it reads, “ A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.” It takes maturity and wisdom to follow this proverb, but as soon as you read it, you know it is true. The next time your teen, co-worker or parent begin to push your buttons, remember this proverb and give that gentle answer and you are certain to experience more calm and less crazy.