A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.
This whole thing with Kathy Griffin is ridorkulous. All the PR experts in the media right now are unanimously recommending she quiet down and lay low as her un-apology video and news conference are just making it worse. People will forget all about it if she would just disappear for a few months and then reinvent herself later. One news program even further recommended that Trump could end it for her if he would simply tweet that he forgives her and America should too. For a secular organization, that is spot on: Tweet Forgiveness! What it would do is neutralize this whole mess if the president were willing to absorb the cost. She can’t say she’s mistreated if she’s publically forgiven.
When there is an offense, a scuffle, or argument there is the offender and the offended. If the offended lashes back, there is escalation, but when the offended absorbs the offense, it makes a world of difference.
Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.”
(1 Peter 3:9-12)
I thank you for passages like these in your Word that teach us exactly what to do. I also like how you promise to be my defender (Psalm 118:14) no matter what anyone says about me ever. Thank you so much that you are bigger than any arguments or insults that could ever come my way. I love you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.