SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/19- “The Way We Choose To Speak!” (Proverbs 15:1)
Premise Question: Why does the tone of the words we speak and the attitude, way and manner in which we choose to deliver them, have such a huge impact on the resulting outcome of any situation or circumstance that we may be confronted with, or indeed must address?
A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. (Proverbs 15:1 NLT)
When responding to someone or something, in any situation or circumstance, a soft and kindly reply will tend to bring calm to the person or situation and will reverse the position or course, in a good and positive way, to a much preferred outcome and resulting consequences; while conversely, choosing to react with strong, severe language and an unpleasant attitude, will most likely instigate immense and intense emotional distress, producing an exacerbation of the offense and hurt, which foments and fosters great feelings of displeasure, resulting in horrible consequences! (Proverbs 15:1 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The words we choose to speak, along with our tone, the way and manner, as well as, the attitude that we have while delivering our words, will have a huge impact on determining the resulting outcome of any situation or circumstance being addressed.
We basically have two distinct choices, in any given situation. We can choose to react, using inflammatory words, or we can choose to respond, using calming and healing words. For when we choose to react, rather than respond, the resulting consequence could very well be described as, throwing gasoline on a fire; which has a strong possibility of turning into a conflagration, an out of control blazing fire that spreads quickly, with the potential of consuming and destroying everything and everyone in its path.
Conversely though, when we choose to respond, rather than react, with words that are full of meekness and humility, that are gentle, kind, calming, refreshing and encouraging, it will be conducive in promoting and creating an atmosphere of healing, peace and tranquility; effectively minimizing, reducing and perhaps even completely extinguishing the flame of the fiery situation or circumstance.
The way we choose to speak or address someone or something will always have ramifications, for it will either produce positive results or dire consequences.
Here are a few sayings that have either been used in the past or have recently come into vogue: “You better check yourself before you wreck yourself!” “Don’t speak to me in that tone of voice, young man!” “Don’t pour salt into an open wound!” “Stop picking at that scab and let it heal!” “If you don’t change your attitude you’re going to be changing your address!” And finally: “You’ll attract and catch more bees with honey than vinegar!”
So, choose your words wisely, have the right attitude of gracious humility and deliver your response with supreme aplomb, by being gentle, kind, meek and merciful. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/02- “Even Fools Are Thought To Be Wise!” (Proverbs 17:28)
Premise Question: On what exact occasion is it, that there’s a presumption of intelligence assumed even for fool; a time when they are perceived, viewed and regarded, as someone who is thought to have good sense, a modicum of smarts and at least some degree of wisdom?
Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent. (Proverbs 17:28 NLT)
So, even those who lack good judgement and common sense will have a presumption of having a modicum of smarts if they stay mute, but that’s not all, if they choose to keep their mouths shut and not speak, they’ll be viewed as having great insight and understanding! (Proverbs 17:28 PDCP)
Bottom Line: There are those times and occasions, where one may be subject to, and under a presumption of, thinking that someone is really smart, filled with supreme intelligence, being full of useful and great wisdom, but alas, the someone then proceeds to open their mouth and the truth is exposed, as the words begin to flow out. That’s when it quickly becomes crystal clear and quite apparent, that the someone has a dearth of intellectual prowess, as they begin to exhibit a lack of brilliance or of having any smarts—without even a modicum of wisdom.
Perhaps, maybe there have been times or occasions where we’ve found ourselves to be the one who refused to hold or restrain our tongue and the flow of inappropriate and not very helpful words that flowed out!
There are times and occasions, though, where it would not only be appropriately prudent, but extremely wise, for us to shut the trap door, lock it up and throw away the key, to zip it, close it, button it up, confine the remarks or even hit the mute and stay completely silent!
Propriety and aptness should always rule the day, otherwise, we will wreck and rue the day, the occasion and times, where we were not using wisdom or discernment, and everyone became well aware and knew it!
A friend recently told me something their mother use to tell them all the time. “Son, you can’t argue with silence!” It’s said that silence is golden! I say, only, in some cases, if it stays hidden, otherwise it’s exposed as fools gold! For even fools are thought to be wise when they keep quiet, by staying silent! Let’s choose to be wise! Blessings…
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