“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh words stirs up anger.”
Before I had kids, I almost never raised my voice. Really. I was so unaccustomed to raising my voice that, the first several times I raised my voice at my son, my husband told me that he had a hard time not laughing because it sounded so strange.
Now, I’m ashamed to say, my older two children are very familiar with me raising my voice. I let my frustration, exhaustion, and anger get the best of me and I lash out at them.
Every time I yell at them, I feel God speaking to me and reminding me of this verse. And, go figure, when I do yell at the kids, it usually just escalates the situation. I guess God knew what He was talking about.