Wednesday, May 29
In the middle of his pursuit of the last of the Midianite troops, Gideon is angrily confronted by the men of Ephraim because they are unhappy that Gideon didn't call for their assistance at the beginning of the battle. The situation is most certainly a touchy one, but Gideon, a wise leader, rises to the challenge. Instead of responding in kind to the Ephraimite men, he chooses to overlook the offensive manner of the accusatory confrontation. Gideon's reply is calm, respectful and humble, which results in a diffused situation and a saved relationship between relatives.
As I took in these few verses of chapter 8, two proverbs immediately came to mind, Proverbs 15:1 and 19:11. Gideon certainly modeled both in this situation with the Ephraimites.
"A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." (Proverbs 15:1)
"Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense." (Proverbs 19:11)
How do you tend to respond when someone confronts you in anger? Why are soft words and humility so important when it comes to resolving conflict? Tami
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