Too often we can get caught up in winning the argument, but losing the war. We see this more now in the political realm, religion, work, and in personal relationships. We have grown accustomed to lack patience in just about anything we disagree with these days. The “I’m right you’re wrong attitude”!
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
We’ve heard it often said, “to bite your tongue”! Or “Don’t fly off the handle”.
Gentleness is a virtue, an art, and a fruit of God’s Holy Spirit. Somehow it has become crowded out of our lives and conversations. Gentleness also shows a sign of respect, whether we agree or not with others, we learn to become tolerant of one another.
Jesus was not out to win arguments, but he sure made the religious and political crowd think. He admonishes us to be “wise as a serpent, but gentle as a dove”.
“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls”.Matt.11:29
Everyday is a time to take personal inventory and reevaluate our lives including our behaviors and actions. May we clothe ourselves with Gods virtues.
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience”. Colossians 3:12
Have a gentle day my friend and may you find peace and patience throughout this week.