Knitted things are soft. The softer the better. People love to stroke a soft scarf or sweater. They feel good when we wear them. That an item is “soft” is a high compliment to a knitter.
Likewise, gentleness is a prized attribute in the Bible. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, it helps to be right in our relationships. When we are gentle, we express sensitivity to those around us. There are times when we may need to be firm with children or unyielding in the face of injustice, but gentleness should characterize us.
We need to teach our children to be gentle, to stroke the cats softly, to be kind to their siblings. Gentleness is learned, and it in no way interferes with high spirits or innocent fun. It is good to establish the habit of gentleness early.
The Bible reminds us that our demeanor affects those around us. “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” By our words and actions, we can calm a situation or escalate. Let us seek to be the quieting influence.
Lord, help us to learn to be gentle. May we bring calm to times of chaos and anger. In Jesus name, Amen
A soft answer turns away wrath.
Proverbs 15:1 (NKJV)
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.~Philippians 4:5
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