"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you." -Ephesians 4:31-32 (NASB)
Proverbs (15:1) reminds us that our response in a situation can impact the direction of the conversation. Kind and gentle words can help quiet an angry voice and allow a reasonable conversation to proceed. Paul reminds us in Ephesians (4:31-32) that bitterness and wrath should be put to the side so we can approach each other with forgiveness and love. When we find ourselves facing someone intent on getting the last word, we can remember the advice from Proverbs and Paul. We can approach the situation with love and gentle words in an effort to turn away anger and allow the last words to be loving and forgiving ones!
Stop anger by letting the last words be spoken in love and forgiveness!
Thank You for loving and forgiving me. Help me to show love and forgiveness to others around me. Help me to leave conversations with kind, loving, and forgiving words instead of words that stir up anger. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.