There are times in our everyday lives that people do things to us that really offend us or get us upset. Things like pulling out in front of us, insults, negative attitudes towards us, lying, cheating and many other negative actions directed at us. It is at these times where we are faced with a decision, either we will turn the other cheek and we will choose not to let it bother us or we will lash out with our tongues and make things worse.
This verse from Proverbs 15 which was written by the wisest man that ever lived(King Solomon) reminds us that a gentle answer deflects anger, and that our tongues can make the difference between causing an escalation in a situation or causing the situation to calm down and actually turn around in our favor.
The Word of God also tells us that when we have been insulted by somebody, or have been mistreated by somebody to bless them instead of curse them. This is very important as it shows the true love and mercy of Jesus Christ in our lives, and as the Bible says it will make the offending person feel terrible inside and will actually cause them to feel bad for what they have done.
The truth of the matter is that many times God uses these types situations in order to test and build our character and when we choose to do what is right we are strengthened and rewarded for doing so. The world is full of sin and to them, what they are doing is “normal” for them because they do not have the love of Christ on the inside. As Christians it is important that we be a light to these people, showing them the love of Christ.
We need to begin using our tongues to build people up, encourage, compliment, forgive, show mercy and share the good news about Jesus Christ. The next time somebody makes you angry or does something to offend you I pray that you would think about where they are coming from, and that you would go out of your way to bless them instead of cursing them. Not only will you feel good about it, but you will also start positively impacting the lives of those who hurt you.