The Alphabets of Life: Responding vs Reacting
Warrior Princess, when you are faced with a conflict or a situation that you have no control over, do you respond with grace or do you react out of your frustration or anger?
I was recently faced with a conflict that the Holy Spirit corrected me about. He spoke to me "Let your Yes be Yes and your No be No" Jesus spoke about this In Matthew. I was corrected with "you don't need to over-explain yourself." That was hard to swallow. I reacted to the situation and instead of allowing myself to respond to the situation as Christ would have me.
I am big on the concept of "respond to things not reacting to them." I broke my own rule and was corrected for it. I believe how I respond to a situation allows me to have control of my emotions, attitude, and actions. But when I react to a situation out my frustrations, hurt or even anger, I am not being heard and not getting my point across the way it needs to be delivered.
Proverbs speak some serious truth, A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. "A soft answer turns away wrath," that is responding with grace and control. "But harsh words stir up anger," that is reacting to the situation out of my emotions that cause my mouth to pours forth foolishness.
I stand corrected and I need to respond wisely, not react out of foolishness, so I will speak with wisdom and with words that can soften a situation. Ouch!