The Power of Words

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There’s a limit to how much frustration a person can tolerate. The constant demands of caregiving can wear at our souls. Or the one we care for can despair over their constant limitations. What begins as a simple frustration can so easily turn into quiet, simmering anger…and hurtful, destructive words. It’s like a chain reaction that is sure to darken even the most caring relationship.

It’s human nature to seek to justify our anger. “If only he (or she) hadn’t…” “After all, I know what’s supposed to be done.” And with every justification, our anger and frustration deepens.

The wise writer of Proverbs offered sound council:

`A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire. Kind words heal and help, cutting words wound and maim.”

Proverbs 15:1,4 The Message

Lord, please give me “kind words” and “a gentle response” in the difficult situations I face today. Amen.

Photo courtesy of Ken Jones, copyright 2016

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