Designed to Diffuse Dissent

photo by Tomas del Amo

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – Proverbs 15:1

When we answer anger with gentleness, it diffuses the determination to destroy.  However, when we speak harshly to another, it accelerates anger and dissent, rather than restore relationships to what they ought to be.

Daily, I am given multiple opportunities to respond to anger and frustration in gentleness, as the Father is faithful to fuel my heart with His kindness to care for kids as they come.  On my own, my response would be to engage in the angry exchange, rather than to respond in love.  Fortunately, He is faithful to meet me in the moments, and equips me to respond in love.  Kindness and compassion are the very things we all need, even in correction.  I am continually amazed as the Savior is swift to speak to my heart and remind me to slow down and breathe, so that I may convey calm, despite the discontent that often enters my classroom.

His care and concern for the kids that come into my classroom (and my own at home), is far greater that the heart He has grown in me for each of these gifts.  He knows their every need, and does not expect me to “fix” anyone.  My charge is to encourage, correct, and convey the kindness of Christ, through how I speak and interact with each treasure trusted in my care.  I am to do as He asks, and allow Him to take care of the rest.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your response to us is gentle and kind, and that Your perfect love disarms discontent, even as You correct and redirect us to stay the course to which we have been called.  Teach us to answer gently always, so others may see Your love shining through us, even when some may come against us.  May walking in Your way diffuse dissention, and lead lives to Your love everlasting.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present


  1. Shannon, thank you for this excellent reminder. I have truly enjoyed reading each of your blog posts. I have to teach an art class to a group of children this afternoon. I admit my patience is sometimes tested with my own son and daughter who are a part of my class. I needed to read that verse in Proverbs today. I love how you wrote that our job is to “encourage, correct, and convey the kindness of Christ, through how we speak and interact with each treasure trusted in our care.” Great stuff! Keep up the wonderful gift God has given you to write beautifully what He has been teaching you!

    • Thank you for being such an encouragement, Danielle.
      I love that you teach art classes to kids! I imagine that it can become a bit exhausting, as kids so often get caught up in the creativity and miss the directions.
      I pray that you found today’s class to be full of awe at the treasures that shared space with you. 🙂
      I too find my patience most tried by my own children…
      Have a wonderful week!

    • Thank you so much Tahlitha! I too have found blessing through the words that you share as God places them on your heart. Have a wonderful week soaking in His sweet tenderness toward you.

  2. Good word! I am off the summer teaching, but was at point of burn out this year with tough bunch of 7th graders. Hard t”to be Jesus” in their lives when they acted like the devil. ha This encourages me.

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