Heart-Grace and Mouth-Mercy

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A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out follyProv. 15:1-2

Lord Jesus, as with all the Scriptures, this passage makes us immediately think of you. No one is more filled with kindness and gentle answers than you. Your heart and words are always grace-full, healing, and life-giving. Even your rebukes give us hope and encouragement. You always intend to free us, never shame us.

When we rush into your presence with demands dressed up like questions, and clenched fists rather than raised hands, you always free us with your non-anxious, kind presence. You’re not only gracious with “bruised reeds and smoldering wicks,” you’re altogether merciful when, like Jonah, we’re pouty, angry, and self-absorbed. Thank you, Lord.

You are firm with us but never harsh, engaged and never exasperated. When we ignore your wooing’s and warnings, we reveal the depth of our foolishness. In our most gospel-sane moments, we bow before you in humility, submission, and adoration.

Jesus, as you spoke our world into existence, so speak beauty, gentleness, and compassion deep into our souls. For our hearts are the fountain of our words. Liberate us for your glory, and our tongues for your praise.

Forgive us for responding to hurtful words with biting comebacks. Forgive us for using our words to manipulate or fix people, gossip or grand-stand, make excuses or win fights.

As the tongue has the power of life and death, please use our words today to encourage and bless, heal and help others. And grant us quick repentances when we choose otherwise. Thank you for your patience with us, Jesus. So very Amen we pray, in your ever-so-glorious name.

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