Saturday, June 12, 2021

Five Minute Friday: Disagree

 I wrote this post (in approximately five minutes) in response to a one-word prompt (disagree) from Kate Motaung. For more information and to read other posts, visit

Disagreements are unavoidable, aren’t they? When they arise, I remind myself of these four bits of wise counsel:

(1) “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity [love]” (circa 1627).

(2) “Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don’t be mean when you say it.” (I don’t know the source, but a fellow member of the Toastmasters club I attend shares that advice when it’s time to evaluate speeches made during the meeting.)

(3) “A soft answer turns away wrath, / But a harsh word stirs up anger" (Proverbs 15:1, NKJV).

(4) "If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all people” (Romans 12:18, CSB).


Andrew said...

Say exactly what you mean;
be not mean in the saying.
This sounds unto a groovy scene,
and so I will be praying
that God will help me guard my tongue
and gentle every word,
so my speech will not be swung
like a medieval sword.
I'll live with all most peaceably,
in harmony and love,
but pass a point of crossing me,
then off will come the gloves
and a fearsome toll I'll levy
on those who praise Ford over Chevy.

Lee Ann L. said...

Wise words.
~ Your FMF neighbor

Johnnie Ann Gaskill said...

Thanks, Lee Ann and Andrew, for reading my post and then taking the time to leave a comment!