Proverbs 15:1 – “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”
Patti and I like to go to one of my favorite Chinese restaurants. The people that work there are truly immigrants from another country. They have a different culture, and they respond to people in possibly different ways, even in conversation.
I’ve always noticed that they don’t smile at me when I place my order. Some would even consider the way they interact as being rather rude at times. But for some reason, whenever my wife Patti goes to the counter and places her order, she’s able to present herself in a way with a smile.
Her kindness in voice for some reason, will gain a reaction of a like response from them. I actually see them smile at her, yet they never even offer me extra soy or duck sauce. But they always offer it to Patti.
Observing Patti and the way she presents herself has taught me great lessons. Kindness and smiles will always change the reaction of others. Even when they react initially in a not-so-polite way to you. If you’ll put on that smile and show kindness of speech, it will usually make the difference.
For us as believers, this becomes a very useful tool. It’s hard to witness to someone until we establish some sense of kindness and care in our communication. In your day to day, break out that smile and that kindness of speech. I know that it will open doors so that hopefully you can tell others about Jesus, even today.
Have a blessed weekend!