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 www.fiveminutefriday.com
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).