When things get heated with someone and emotions are running high, you have two options:
1. You can turn your filter off and just allow your anger to say or do whatever it wants..
2. Or you can choose before that point that you are going to quietly turn the other cheek and be the one to let it fizzle out.
Proverbs 15:1 says, “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” When you chose not to respond with anger, which can even be validated by whatever the other person is doing, you are choosing this gentle answer and showing love. At that very moment you give a response like that, you are essentially placing a mirror in front of them. Without your angry responses dousing them with more fuel, all they have to argue with is themselves. They start to quickly see their own behavior and they have to decide if they really want to keep going that way.
How can you implement this in your relationships today?