In the Heat of the Moment
Daily Bible Reading – Proverbs 13-15; Romans 11
Today’s Key Passage – Proverbs 15:1-4
In the heat of the moment. Most of us know these six words fairly well. Unless you live in a bubble without any relationships or opportunities to communicate with others, you probably have an “in the heat of the moment” experience in your past. The fact is that all of us have relationships of one form or another and all of us communicate with other people on a daily basis. With all of this communication going on, the chances are good that at some point, you will find yourself disagreeing with another person, and the chances are also good that you will find yourself in a full-blown argument. Relationships can be made or broken in the heat of the moment, because what we say or do at the most intense moment of a disagreement will often define the outcome. Friendships have been lost in the heat of the moment. Marriages have ended in the heat of the moment. Children have been forever scarred in the heat of the moment. Since the heat of the moment is so important to our overall relational health, it is important that we take proactive steps to keep from saying the wrong things in those moments. In today’s key passage, Solomon provides us with practical advice to avoid saying the wrong thing in the heat of the moment.
Speak Gently – “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Vs. 1) – The quickest way to find yourself in the heat of the moment is to raise your voice. Raising your voice or speaking angry words only serve to escalate an already bad situation. The next time you find yourself in a disagreement or argument, choose to speak gently and softly. Do not raise your voice under any circumstances. This advice alone will help calm most arguments.
Speak Thoughtfully – “The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.” (Vs. 2) – Avoid the temptation to speak without really thinking. Most of the time, we end up saying the wrong things in the heat of the moment because we are not stopping to think before we speak. When you raise your voice, your speed of speech increases adding to the possibility that you will say something without thinking. As you speak gently and softly, you will find that you have more time to think about the words you are going to use.
Speak Healthfully and Truthfully – “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” (Vs. 4) – When we speak to others in a loving, compassionate way, it is less likely we will find ourselves in the heat of the moment. We can choose to build others up with our words or we can choose to break them down. We can choose to speak the truth or we can choose to lie. Speak truthfully in love to find our way through difficult conversations.
Perhaps the most important advice to avoid an “in the heat of the moment” experience is to remember your audience. We should always keep in mind that, “The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” (Vs. 3) When we remember that God is watching, we will be less likely to escalate a situation in the heat of the moment.
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Posted on May 30, 2013, in 20 - Proverbs and tagged Anger, Bible, Christian, Conflict, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Religion, Sin, Temptation. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.