Thomasville Times Enterprise

March 6, 2014

Speak softly

Rev. Milton Gardner

— Perhaps the most important thing in human relationships is speech. I am aware that a small number of people are handicapped by the inability to talk and must communicate by sign language. However, the vast majority of the human race engages in daily conversations. It is the audible sound which reveals not only our thinking, but the emotions of our heart.

People are known by their voice. Whenever a loved one calls on the telephone, I know who it is by the sound of his or her voice. We communicate our feelings with our voice. The range of emotions comes through from excitement to grief. We are capable of communicating anger or whispers of love. The human voice can roar with laughter or crack in tears.

The use of our voice can be an instrument of peace or war. The Bible tells us of the effect of our voice. “A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). Solomon’s wisdom can be applied in our home, or in the workplace, or any gathering of people who interchange ideas or opinions. The writer of Proverbs in describing a virtuous woman says, “. . . her tongue is the law of kindness” (Proverbs 31:26).

When Elijah, the prophet, became discouraged, God did not shout or scream his message to him. The Bible mentions the events that overwhelmed Elijah. There was wind, an earthquake and a fire, but God did not speak in these violent exhibitions, but after these ceased there was “the still small voice” of God.

I believe God still speaks softly to his children. His example is a pattern for us all to follow and a way to preserve peace in our relationships.