A soft (gentle) answer turns away wrath (anger), but a harsh (grievous) word stirs up anger (wrath). – Proverbs 15:1 ESV (Other Translations)
A gentle (soothing, wholesome, healing) tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness (devious) in it breaks the spirit. – Proverb 15:4 ESV (Other Translations)
We see here the power of words. Gentle words can diffuse an angry conflict and bring healing and life to the hurting. Harsh words can stir up conflict and break the spirit of the bruised and battered. God calls us to turn from harsh words and grow in gentleness.
Do your words tend to be gentle or harsh?
What situations tend to stir up harsh words from you?
Ask God to help your words become more gentle.