Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 15:1-11. In this Scripture we are reminded that a soft answer turns away wrath: but a harsh word stirs up anger. Have you ever noticed how someone’s tone of voice can make a difference in how you respond to them?
The tongue of the wise uses knowledge for good: but the mouth of fools overflows with foolishness.
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch for evil and good.
A gentle tongue is a tree of life: but perverse speech crushes the spirit.
A fool despises their parent’s instruction: but those who heed correction show good judgment.
There is much treasure in the house of the righteous: but the profit of the wicked brings trouble.
The lips of the wise spread knowledge: but the heart of the foolish is not wise.
The LORD despises the sacrifice of the wicked: but He takes pleasure in the prayer of the righteous.
The way of the wicked is disgusting to the LORD: but He loves those who pursue righteousness.
Correction causes distress to those who abandon the way: those who hate reproof will die.
Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more the hearts of humans!
We are reminded again in this Scripture how our mouth can be used for good or for evil. In verse 1 we are told that a soft answer will help keep rage at bay, but offensive, hurtful words cause anger.
We need to learn to think before we speak. We also need to remember how it makes us feel when people us harsh tone of voice or offensive language with us. We need to remember to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
Sometimes it is not what we say as much as how we say it. Our tone of voice can make a huge difference in how the message is received when we’re communicating with others.
I remember an incident that happened with my daughter’s dog that reminds me so much of this verse. One day, as I was arriving at home, a thunderstorm was beginning to brew. I opened the car door to get out and about that time a big clap of thunder sounded. My daughter’s dog was deathly afraid of thunder so he jumped in my car and buried himself under the front seat. I couldn’t get him out for anything. I tried everything. I tried to pull him out. I hollered at him and told him he better get out of my car, but he wouldn’t budge.
I called my daughter and told her that she better come get her dog out of my car. It was hot, summertime weather; I couldn’t leave the dog in the car.
She came over and with a sweet, tender voice, she spoke to the dog and he came right out from under the seat. I had been trying for thirty minutes or longer to get him out of the car, but I was using the wrong approach.
Here are a couple of quotes that I thought might help us remember to watch what we say and how we say it when dealing with others.
- “Harsh words make no friends.”
- “A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.”
- “Honey is sweet, but the bee stings.”
- “If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive.”
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(Daily Bible Reading Series Book 2)
by Deborah H. Bateman
About the book:
The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor by Deborah H. Bateman is a Daily Bible Reading study of the book of Esther from the Old Testament of the Bible.
In the book of Esther, Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai. In a series of events and through fasting, prayer and God’s favor Esther was placed in a position to save the Jewish people. Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai, who told her maybe she was born for such a time as this.
God puts us all in circumstances where He can use us to further His kingdom and give Him glory, if we are willing and obedient. Esther found her purpose for life. Like Esther you were born for such a time as this.
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Have a blessed day,