JESUS: “When someone says bad things about you, say good things about them.” Luke 6:28 Casual English Bible
Sometimes, however, it’s better not to say anything. For example, trying to say something good about:
- Preacher, after a boring sermon: “Nice try. I could tell you wanted it to work.”
- The wife, in a new but ugly dress: “We need to get another couple 100-pound sacks of potatoes. You do such a good job cooking those things.”
- Leach and lazy visiting relative: “It’s such a pleasure having you help out with the work when you visit. I remember that time you carried your dishes to the sink back in 1995, wasn’t it?”
In cases like these, we might want to consider an alternate approach.
“Even a fool looks smart when his mouth is shut.
If he doesn’t say anything, he could actually look intelligent.” Proverbs 17:28 Casual English Bible