Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
"An answer, when mild, turns away rage, but a word causing pain makes anger to come up." (Proverbs 15:1)
It takes great strength to be mild when dealing with unjust criticism. Jesus Christ set a perfect example in this. "When he was being reviled, he did not go reviling in return. When he was suffering, he did not go threatening, but kept on committing himself to the one who judges righteously." (1 Peter 2:23) We cannot expect to do as well as Jesus did in this regard, but can we work at improving the extent to which we show mildness of temper? In imitation of Jesus, may we be "always ready to make a defense" of our beliefs, "doing so together with a mild temper and deep respect." (1 Peter 3:15) Yes, our having mildness of temper can prevent differences of opinion from escalating into heated arguments, both with people we meet in our ministry and with fellow believers.—2 Timothy 2:24, 25
(Watchtower issue: 6/15/08, 2:17, 18)
This advice seems particularly important to keep in mind, because I've noticed lately that our society and almost every element of the entertainment industry, news media, and radio, has been encouraging just the opposite of this...Not only by openly tolerating inflammatory speech against others, but by actually instigating it, in order to achieve a level of drama and verbal debate which produces more viewers and higher ratings. It's so prevalent, that it could easily rub off on us if we don't make a conscious effort to avoid it.