Gratitude Day #17 Thankful for the Holy Spirit. He binds one’s tongue in the heat of anger!


Gentle answer vs harsh words. Who loses?

The New American Standard Bible extends this passage

A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly. A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit (Pro 15:1,2, & 4).

Words are the most powerful tool in a Christian’s arsenal. Use appropriately they will calm an emotional storm, put out psychological fires, and help a person walk back out of a deep depression. Inversely, used inappropriately they will destroy both the sender and the receiver. Why? If the receiver is a person who likes to tell it to anyone but Jesus, the giver’s name will be ruined. If the receiver is a tender-hearted person they will become so crushed that they will not trust that person or anyone like them again. In this scenario, both parties lose.

If the receiver is a brawler and the giver is a brawler the result is a verbal losing battle. Things will be said that will not be taken back at a later time. So, what does this have to do with being thankful? Wrath and anger are mentioned many times in the Bible. Strong’s, NAS, and the NASB Concordances proffer powerful descriptives for these emotions.

chemah: heat, rage

Original Word: חֵמָה
Part of Speech: Noun Feminine
Transliteration: chemah
Phonetic Spelling: (khay-maw’)
Short Definition: wrath

NAS Exhaustive Concordance

Word Origin
from yacham
heat, rage
NASB Translation
anger (7), angry (1), burning anger (1), enrages (1), fury (9), heat (2), hot displeasure (1), hot-tempered (3), poison (2), rage (3), venom (5), wrath (86), wrath and raging (1), wrathful (2), wrathful* (1).

The Blood of Jesus is our protection from the wrath of God. But it does not give us an excuse to continue to use our anger to destroy others. It is easier for me to take the high road in heated situations because I have learned over the years that I cannot change a single person – myself included. Only Holy Spirit can do the changing. The Holy Spirit will tell us when to be silent in situations where the person on the other end of the phone is just verbally abusing us. The Holy Spirit will tell us when to be silent when the person in a messenger text has just called us a heathen. The Holy Spirit will tell us when to be careful when a person’s anger is all one sees and hears. The Holy Spirit will tell us how to respond to ALL situations in life. The problem is we don’t listen to The Holy Spirit enough.  We cannot separate who we are as a nationalist from whom we are as a Christian. So, I am thankful that God the Father sent an intercessor to plead my cause when I have not been slow to anger and I have not used a gentle word to answer a person. I have a friend who tells me that I say “I’m sorry too often!” But I know how merciful my Heavenly is toward His child.

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