Responses do Matter

Proverbs 12:15-16, 15:1; Ephesians 4:31-32, I Corinthians 9:24-27

In all of the interactions with people each day, one must be cautious how they respond.  When sharp and unnecessary words are spoken, it is easy to respond with the same kind of words.  However, this is not the response that honors God nor helps in the encounter with others.

When we are the recipients of harsh and unkind words, the best response probably would be no response.  In the intensity of the moment, the harsh words that could be spoken create more problems and usually bring regret.  We must remember that . . .

  1. harsh and unkind words do not solve problems.
  2. Words spoken reveal the condition of one’s heart.
  3. Pleasant words heal offenses.
  4. Self-control is of great value.

It is best to respond to harsh and unnecessary words with kind and encouraging words that reflect a heart/mind set on honoring the Lord and being a blessing to others.