Today, I want to share how being aware of what people are going through and being sensitive to their pain enables us to love as Jesus did. I want to talk about how we can become a life-giving presence in relationships with others — be gentle.
In our world, it seems that we have gotten more and more harsh with each other. Whether in politics or religion, people have become violent in their rhetoric and language. When we get in a fight with our spouse or get angry at the guy who cut us off in traffic, many of us tend to respond angrily and with a mean spirit. However, this is not helping us as a society. Even as we are forced to function in an angry world, there’s one important thing to remember: hurting people hurt people. The ones who have the roughest exterior are typically the most fragile souls; they need someone to gently care for them and to love them just as they are, not as they should be.
Friend, be gentle in your debates and tell the truth, always. The enemy works through deception and the Lord works gently through the truth. There is an allure to gentleness. As Philip Yancey said, “No one ever came to Jesus through losing an argument,” so use your head and connect with others on the level of their heart. When you do, Jesus will be evident in and throughout your life!