Proverbs 15:1 NIV
We can be confident that it happens to everyone. What? You know, losing your temper. Generally, with losing our temper comes harsh words. Honestly, I can’t think of a singular time that using harsh words accomplished what I wanted to accomplish. Really, in the short term someone might do what you want, but in the long term you damaged a relationship that may or may not be repairable. Ironically, this happens with the people who are closest to us and that we value the most. Our harsh words are like a ticking time bomb, just waiting to go off.
Luckily, this isn’t the end of the story; there is another option - giving a gentle answer to someone. By giving a gentle answer you do two things. First, you show the individual that you value you them. You value you them enough to treat them with respect, despite some differences. Second, you build consensus; to say it another way, you build a team; you welcome someone vs. rejecting someone.
If you want to be a builder and not a destroyer consider your words today; especially your words you use to those who are closest to you!