Speak Your Truth Quietly
And listen to others
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5
Meekness is not weakness, but rather it is quiet strength. I used to be really awful about raising my voice when I was angry. I still do it occasionally, but it’s one of those things God is removing as I move closer to Him.
Speaking in haste when we’re angry is never a good thing. We’re better served in those times if we stop and consider our thoughts prior to expressing them. Angry words spoken in haste can be harmful, and cannot be taken back. Once we’ve said something to someone, it will forever remain in their mind no matter how often or sincerely we apologize.
When anger comes—and it will—we should learn to be still. Perhaps a good tool to keep in the recesses of our mind is the saying, “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything.” It’s a practice that’s much easier said than done, but I believe we’ll find it leads to better results than the alternative of saying something we’ll regret.
Another saying implores us to “think before we speak”, and maybe what we should teach ourselves to think when anger comes is, “What would Jesus say?” I don’t know what He’d say, but I’m pretty sure He wouldn’t say it in anger.