Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone. Proverbs 25:15 NIV Even when someone says something offensive, responding with gracious words can have positive results. (Prov. 15:1) For example, the teenage son of a single mother was leading a double life. A well-meaning Christian sister said to the mother: “It’s too bad you have failed at child training.” The mother thought for a moment and responded: “It’s true that things are not going well right now, but his training is a work in progress. Talk to me after Armageddon; then we will know for sure.” This mild response helped to maintain peace between the sisters, and it encouraged the son, who overheard the conversation. He realized that his mother had not given up on him. This moved him to stop his bad associations. In time, he got baptized, and he later served at Bethel. Whether in the company, friends, our family, or even strangers, we should always let our words “be gracious, seasoned with salt.”
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:8 A tongue has no bones but it is strong enough to break a heart so be careful with your words. Once they are said they can be only forgiven not forgotten.
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