Gently Powerful – Proverbs 15

What better example could I give of this verse in Proverbs 15 than that of my mother? She does a wonderful job exerting her gentle power to squelch discord.

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1 NIV).

My three siblings, their spouses, and I spent three days with my parents at a beach house near Newport last week. In my family this means the days are filled with our typical bantering and playful sarcasm. Mom doesn’t tease, not like the rest of us anyway. And when we get stirred up, she balances us with her gentle words.

Lauren Watson
photo by Lauren Watson

We have the power to crush someone, and the power to bring life with our words. This theme seems to occur frequently in the book of Proverbs.

“The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but the perverse tongue crushes the spirit” (verse 4).

Here’s one more. This verse says good news makes me healthy. Maybe that’s why I don’t watch TV much.

“Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones” (verse 30).

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in the Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for Pathways—Moments with God since 2016 and posts devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

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