What we say is controlled by what we think. In order to have a “gentle tongue,” we must think grace-full thoughts.
(15) Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
I’ve always wondered how a tongue can break a bone. Here is the verse from the Expanded Bible:
With patience you can convince a ruler, and a gentle [tender] word can get through to the hard-headed [ breaks bone].
I see two things that are needed in order for this verse to happen:
- Time– We have to put in the time, especially if there is adversity. Sometimes it’s a good thing to pull up stakes and start fresh somewhere else. Just remember that the odds of finding exactly what we want somewhere else are not very good. We would need to put in the time there, as well, in order to affect change. Many times, we are called to stay and strive. We must believe that God has us where we are for a reason. Maybe putting in the time is the reason.
- Opportunity– Opportunity requires commitment over time. Trust = Time + Believable Behavior. When we get the opportunity, we must remember to use gentle, kind, soft, tender, encouraging words.
Whether it’s our spouse, kids, boss, co-workers, church family, strangers, or people we see often as we grocery shop, buy coffee, get gas, etc. it’s a good thing to demonstrate the love of Christ and the character of Christ. What is Christ’s character?
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Let’s be gentle and humble in heart today with each other. No one has time for petty offenses. Let’s love each other fiercely and prove to the world that Christ’s way is the BEST AND ONLY way to do life right!
Abba, may I heed my own advice and use gentle words. More than that, I want to think gentle thoughts about my brothers and sisters. Help me, O Lord, to see them as You do. We are all sheep in need of a Shepherd; YOU are that Shepherd. May we follow You as we practice our Christianity on each other. Amen.
TODAY is See You At the Pole. Pray for our youth around the world as they meet at the flagpoles of their schools and pray for their schools, fellow students, their country, and the advancement of the Gospel.