A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
It is easy to get pulled into the angry world that we live in. Driving in traffic during rush hour can be such a battleground. Checking out of a store with a rude salesperson or someone taking your parking spot just as you are getting ready to pull in— these are situations where it is so easy to blow our cool and get angry. So, how do we deal with these real life types of circumstance and have a loving spirit? We must choose to be gentle.
Gentleness does not come naturally to most of us. When someone is rude, our knee- jerk reaction is to be rude back. Instead, have you ever tried smiling politely back at the person? If you will choose to be gentle and loving, the person will usually back down. The more we lash out and retaliate, the angrier the offender will get. Being gentle in the face of rudeness or anger is so beneficial in your own life…but how much more beneficial is it for your child to see you modeling this type of self-control?
Children are like little sponges—they soak up all of our habits, good and bad alike. But, think about it, what if your child learned to be gentle to other people and learned how to diffuse a situation instead of stirring it up? I think the world would be a better place— at least a less angry place.
Father, I know myself and I know that when people are rude to me I want to lash out at them. God, fill me with Your gentle spirit today. Teach me how to love the way You love. Teach me how to look past people’s hatefulness and to love them unconditionally. God, I want to be a good example for my children and to model for them kindness and gentleness. I cannot do that without You. Fill me today with Your Spirit and Your love.