Proverbs 15:1 – A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Responding gently does not mean that we have to be a doormat. But it does show that we value relationships, peace and reconciliation over rights, strife and pride.
My Advice – You will have many opportunities to respond harshly to others. But even when you are wronged, and may be justified in answering harshly, try a gentle response. You will be pleasantly surprised to see how often this turns enemies into friends rather than affirming their animosity and how well it maintains rather than damages relationships.