I am returning to gentleness because in the past few days I have read and actually seen some outworking of the power of gentleness in the transforming of lives.
When gentleness combined with love and self-control operate as a complete unit the results are astonishing. A few examples I have witnessed – a dog having a seizure – cause still unknown. The quiet loving, gentle voice and hand in the darkness that brought comfort and reduced fear.
The angry elderly man whose whole face changed when the little girl gently placed her hand on his shoulder. All she said was ‘ooh’.
The powerful man whose stature was so impressive everyone knew when he allowed anger to fuel his passions he was terrifying. Yet, people who knew him best have said there was nothing more impressive or powerfully described him as a man then when he came into a hospital and gently handed a very ill child a teddy bear.
Nothing is so strong in this world as gentleness. Nothing is as gentle as real strength. A real man is a gentle man.
Francis De Sales
I have no idea who Francis quoted above was but I have come to believe what he has written.
A new week – a challenge for all of us men, women, older folk young mothers, children….. lets make a choice. Let’s choose…..a powerful combination of Love, gentleness and self-control. Let’s choose to make this an outstanding week.
Live Life to it’s fullest!