Five Ways to Be Gentle
While using my Logos Bible program, I discovered this article while researching some material and I thought I would pass it along to you.
Jerry Bridges suggests these five strategies for obeying the biblical injunctions about gentleness:
Actively seek to make others feel at ease. Be sensitive to other’s opinions and ideas, welcoming opinion.
Show respect for the personal dignity of the other person. When you need to change a wrong opinion, do so with persuasion and kindness rather than domination or intimidation.
Avoid blunt speech and abrupt manner. Be sensitive to how others react to your words, considering how they may feel. When it is necessary to wound, also include encouragement.
Don’t be threatened by opposition; gently instruct, asking God to dissolve the opposition.
Do not belittle or degrade or gossip about a brother who has fallen—instead grieve and pray for his repentance.
Morgan, R. J. (2000). Nelson’s complete book of stories, illustrations, and quotes (electronic ed.) (339). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Just some thoughts,