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It is so important that our words are not harsh, but words of kindness.  Harsh words create bitterness, anger and even hatred.  Think about it for a few minutes.  When harsh words are spoken, do you react with anger.  When you speak harsh words to someone else, do they react with anger?  As a boy we said saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”.  That is false, for words do hurt.  Words create many emotional responses that can cut to the core of our hearts.  We find that to be true in the book of wisdom for in Proverbs 15:1, we find these words:

 “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”

This is a very simple verse but one that is full of truth.  Notice the response from a soft word.  A soft word will turn away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger. Harsh words create pain.  Words can also get you into trouble.  The fundamental guiding principle that the writer makes is to be considerate of the feelings of others, and to have self-respect and love for others.   Make sure your words do not cause others to be angry.  Sometimes when I’m preaching I will ask the congregation if they got it.  If they respond as if they did not get it, I continue.  Hopefully, you have received from the book of Proverbs this important principle of life: use soft, gentle, and loving words.