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Gentle words

The spiritual person never uses harsh words, but gentle ones, because gentleness is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Are you known by the gentleness of your words and dealings?

Look at the Lord Jesus when He was talking to the samaritan woman. Although she was very sinful, Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband’, for you have had five husbands and the one whom you now have is not your husband..” (John 4:17-18) The word “husbands” is very gentle, as they were not husbands but the Lord did not use the other harsh word. His saying, “The one whom you now have is not yours” is the most gentle expression that does not include any word that could hurt her feelings…

Instead of hurting people, try to win them…

St. Paul, the apostle, when he entered Athens, became angry as he found the city full of idols. Still he addressed them gently, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious… ”

When God talked about Job, he praised him by gentle words, saying to the devil, “… that man was blame-less and upright and one who feared God and shunned evil.” As a matter of fact, nobody is blameless except God alone…

How gentle was God’s talk about Nineveh, the sinful city of the gentiles, whose people did not know their right from left. God said, “And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city.” Was Nineveh really great or is it God’s gentleness?…

The names God gave to people are another example of His gentleness. He called Simon (Peter) which means rock and called Abram (Abraham) which means the father of  multitudes… They are all names that carry praise…

Among the saints who were famous for their gentle words is St. Didymus the Blind, head of the Theological School in the 4th century.

He never aimed at overcoming people but winning them. He never tried to destroy them but convince them.

God condemned harsh words by. saying, “… whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca’ shall be in danger of the Council. But whoever says, ‘You fool’, shall be in danger of hell fire.” (Matt. 5:22)

God does not accept harsh words as He is gentle and loving, His mouth is full of sweetness and his lips drop honey.


Words of consolation in time of distress

David, the prophet, said to God, “Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction.” (Ps. 119:49,50)

You too, in times of distress and hardships, remember the following sayings and you will be comforted:

  • “… and Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of age.” (Matt. 28:20)
  • “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.” (Is. 54:17)
  • “It is I, do not be afraid.” (John 6:20)

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