I've heard this so many times, especially working with young people, "It's not what you say, it's how you say it." Sometimes we have to share a bit of something to someone that could be bad news or pointing out a certain flaw of some sort. It doesn't have to get ugly.
Proverbs 15:1 says, "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."
King Solomon understood that it is very important to have the right tone when you speak to others. Have you ever heard it said, "You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar."?
Communication can make or break a relationship, an opportunity, or a workplace. Think about it. . . When is the last time you saw two bitter, harsh people work together and actually accomplish something great? Probably never.
This is why Scripture stresses for us to use our words wisely. If you need to correct someone, do it lovingly. When you come into a disagreement, tell the person that you care and that you only want what is best!
I know that it is difficult when we hear, see, and experience harsh words, but wouldn't the world be a better place if instead of speaking harshly, everyone responded with gentleness?
Regardless of what the pressures of the day may bring, let's start monitoring our mouth. Let's speak words of kindness and gentleness. Your world and the world of those around you will be better when you do.
From My Heart To Yours,
Gil's Hills Ministries