“A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – Proverbs 15:1, New International Version
Yesterday I took our family dog, Sophie, for a walk in the neighborhood. We do this nearly every day. I have her on a leash but for the most part I allow her to roam freely (within range).
While we were walking, I decided to try a little training. I told her to sit! (notice the exclamation point) She didn’t sit. I said sit again and still she would not sit. After the fourth time, I figured I’d try something different. Instead of using a harsh tone, I said it in a soft tone. And guess what? She sat.
If it worked for a dog, I bet it will do wonders with people.