A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. -Proverbs 15:1, ESV
We see evidence of what this verse is saying all over the world in the middle of 2018.
Several nations are at odds with each other over words being said.
People groups within nations are at odds with each other, fighting over the meanings of words or how they are said.
A major issue?
Most people are using harsh words and refusing to listen. Everyone is a racist or a bigot or a Nazi or stupid or ignorant …
No one is apparently an image-bearer of God. But they are.
And most people just want to be understood and given assurances they will be okay. We may disagree, but we can gently discuss things.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Romans 12:18, ESV