Friday, September 16, 2022

Patience and Gentleness

 

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By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded, and a gentle tongue breaks a bone.

Proverbs 25:15 (NKJV)


Moses listened to the Lord and patiently awaited the day that Pharaoh would finally let the Israelite people depart Egypt and head to the land God had promised them.


Hannah exercised patience and faith as she awaited receiving her first-born son, Samuel. Hannah also practiced gentleness, although it was difficult, as she endured the taunts from Peninnah.


When we have stress-causing circumstances in our lives, we have to practice patience and, yes, gentleness in our daily lives. We may have to spend more time with God, as he gently whispers words of comfort, healing and love into our ears as we face overwhelming circumstances in our lives.


When we hear things from others that upset us, we need to apply the rule that our mothers said, “If you can’t say anything nice, say nothing at all.” This was a rule that a lot of us senior citizens heard from early on in our growing-up years. It is a pity that this rule seemed to fall by the wayside during the last half-century



Can we begin teaching this “rule” to children of these times?

2 comments:

  1. I recall my mother repeatedly telling me the same, Cecelia. I hope and pray that is a saying that will endure, and not get thrown away with the passing of time.
    Blessings!

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  2. Martha; I wonder if we can restore that thought into our lives. I have faith that God will take care of our concerns but I believe it would be better if people relearned to obey Him and treat each other kindly.

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