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.
Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region.
The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey.
Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own.
My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’.
God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth.
I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others.
There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more
I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more
I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better!
“But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version
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