Pro 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Oh, how the flesh rises up within us to fire back at one who has pushed one of our buttons!
If we are offended or put off by someone's inconsiderate statements, or if our apple cart is upset by someone elses stated agenda, we are quick to retort with our own barbs. Soon there is an escalation of words and we are down each others throats and ready to go to fisticuffs.
Bathsheba's wise words to Solomon would serve us well from day to day. Answer softly and kindly and diffuse an ugly situation.
A few hints:
*Think before we talk.
*Take a breath.
*Be filled with the Holy Spirit.
*Choose our words wisely.
*Act, don't react.
*Be the bigger Christian.
*Be the better man.
*Make peace, not strife.
For blessed are the peacemakers.
Rom 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.