STOP AND THINK – Love is the only fire that is hot enough to melt the iron obstinacy of a creature’s will. (Alexander MacLaren, 19th-20th century English minister of Scottish origin)

When faced with someone who stubbornly holds a position contrary to yours—even when you’re convinced you are right—it is extremely difficult to come to an agreement. Arguments and logic don’t work. Harsh words just make things worse. But a soft answer, offered in love with the other person’s best interest at heart may very well do the trick.

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (Proverbs 15:1).