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“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

“To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” Titus 3:2

GENTLE – having or showing a mild, kind, or tender temperament or character.

I saw a description today that said kindness was loaning someone your strength instead of reminding them of their weakness.

As we look at this from the standpoint of parents, we remember how easy it was to be gentle with our new-born baby.  They were fully dependent on us to look after them and we didn’t need a lot of wisdom to know how to meet their needs.  But as they grow older, sometimes we find our ideas clashing with theirs.  We want to enforce our values and rules on them.  Maybe this is when we go to the Lord for wisdom, and He gently reminds us of how patient and loving He is with us when we want to go our own way and not obey the rules He has given.  And He gives us the wisdom to gently guide and lead that child in the right way, without making them feel weak and useless.

The same thing is true in our relationships with others around us. We can be sure in whatever situation we are asking the Lord to give us wisdom, He will never want us to be harsh and over-bearing with those we are dealing with.  We must listen to His voice and deal gently and kindly with others.

Tomorrow’s devotion will deal with getting along with people.

Prayer: Lord, we are so thankful for the gentle way you deal with us when we go astray.  Help us to always rely on your wisdom and to be gentle with those around us.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

 

“Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body”

Proverbs 16:24

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and felt dirty afterwards? I have. It doesn’t always even have to be about anything inappropriate, just maybe a little too much time spent talking about another person. 

There are people who are known gossips. When I read this scripture I wonder if I am known for being one of those people, or as someone who speaks kind words and encouragement. Do I speak peace into a conversation, or do I poison it with judgemental comments that I have no right to make? 

Sometimes we need to take a hard look in the mirror and ask ourselves the difficult questions. Am I who I am supposed to be in Christ? Or am I playing the role a little too well. 

Let’s be women of godly conversation! Let’s uplift our fellow believers and encourage those who have yet to have a relationship with God. Before speaking today, pause. Pray. Proceed. 

Jesus, I am thankful that words can literally change a situation. Help me to be a woman who changes circumstances with a simple kind word. Help me to always pause before speaking my mind, and let me speak life into hopeless situations today.