The Truth Hurts: Harmonizing Proverbs 15:1 with John 8:42-45

  Let's understand that telling someone the truth and being direct with someone, especially regarding a wrong they've committed, will most likely cause them distress and bring them to respond in anger.  My entire life I was taught and have understood Proverbs 15:1 was a command to never use hurtful, hateful words which stands true. But how does one harmonize Proverbs 15:1 with John 8:42-45?  Jesus certainly did not respond with a soft answer but rather used very grievous words in context to the definitions below. And we're commanded by scripture to reprove, rebuke which certainly causes anger. See 2 Timothy 4:2.

The only way to harmonize soft answers to avoid anger with hard responses to certainly cause anger is as follows:


THE TRUTH HURTS AND IT'S OUR DUTY AS CHRISTIANS TO KNOW THAT WHEN WE USE THE SWORD OF TRUTH WE ARE TO EXPECT A LASH BACK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proverbs 15:1 King James Version (KJV)

15 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

 Harmonized with


John 8:42-45 King James Version (KJV)

42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.


The contextual meaning of Proverbs 15:1

soft (rak) = gentle words. gentle = courteous, polite; not harsh. Mild, gentle, pleasant, to soften. 

grievous definition: (grievance)  A wrong or injury which is the subject of formal complaint. to bring to grief, troublesome, oppressive, painful, sorrowful, to harass, trouble, vex, to do wrong, hurt, harm, physically or mentality. To provoke anger, offend; distressed in mind.

 
 

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