Colossians 4:6 – Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. (NKJV)
There have been a number of tragic encounters of human beings with bears over the years. Consequently, there is a great fear among the populus about even getting close to these creatures.
However, I found quite interesting a recent article in the March Reader's Digest, entitled "Bear Hug", concerning a chap's encounters with bears. He states that in his experience, if one speaks softly to, and keeps a distance from the bear, it will just go on its merry way. He has been so successful with this technique that bears go for walks with him and even lie down beside him, as shown in the article's photos.
I'm sure that each of us has encountered a bear-like personality in our walk and even sensed a growl within ourselves at times. How we respond to these situations can produce either a positive or negative outcome in our life encounters.
The fellow mentioned in the article learned that he could tame the savage beast just by speaking softly to it. In turn, the animal felt less threatened — to the point of becoming friendly.
Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (NKJV)
How many times do we blow it by yelling and losing control in order to make our point? The most difficult times to give a soft answer are often, unfortunately, in conflict with a close family member. A soft word can often defuse a possibly volatile confrontation and save or even create a relationship with someone.
Prayer: Lord God, during altercations with people, we ask for self-control, that we may give a calm response. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.