A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. – Proverbs 15:1-2
As a leader it is important the words you use and the temperament you maintain. People look to you to be the example of right leadership and the pressure can be stressful. By faith and with a dose of self-discipline we not only guard our hearts but hold our tongue.
The writer of the Proverb admonishes us with us with two unique challenges: 1) to answer softly, and 2) use your tongue wisely. It’s great advice on both counts, but making it happen is the challenge.
But consider the outcomes when we react the wrong way – harsh words stirs up anger, and the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. Not exactly the ending you would desire.
The verse challenges us to remain calm, be slow to speak, and making sure that when we do we are choosing the right words. Right words, according to the verse, are the product of using our knowledge wisely.
In leadership there are countless opportunities to put the verses into practice. It is the price you pay to be where God wants you to serve. But remember, it’s as you rely on His strength and not your own that you can live out the verses and be the leader you were destined to become.
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