I have chosen this incredibly wise saying from Proverbs 15 as my selection as the verse of the week. Here’s why:
So often, we confuse the words “gentle” and “weak,” and they definitely are not the same! In my view, the former implies the intentional use of restraint, while the latter word often conjures up images associated with passivity or indifference. Gentleness is actually a very desirable attribute to have, but it’s one that we must cultivate on a continual basis.
In fact, I looked up the word in my trusty dictionary (Merriam-Webster), and this definition, in particular, resonated with me:
Free from harshness, sternness, or violence.
Oh, that more of our remarks in everyday conversation – as well as our behaviors with those known and unknown to us – were characterized by a spirit of gentleness! I wonder how different our world might be today?
And even when someone comes at us quite aggressively, we must remember that we always have a choice in terms of how we respond: to descend to their level, or to instead follow Jesus’s example by modeling restraint and calm. Such an approach isn’t always easy, but it is possible, and can become more habitual for us with intention and practice.
Something for all of us to think about this week, no? 💛