One of the hardest things for me to be over the last year is gentle. Gentle means to be kind, not severe, rough or violent. I have been known to get rough in my speech, (no cursing, just very forthright), but the Word tells me in James 3:17 'But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.' No where in that verse does it speak of the way people have spoken to me is how I am supposed to react. It doesn't mention that it is based on how I feel. It does, however, give instruction on how I am expected to behave. 1 Timothy 4:12 says 'Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.' Just in this one verse, you can see that we are to be examples in everything that we do. People listen (sometimes) to what you say but will judge you based on your actions. Everything that you do is looked upon until what are found are the tiniest of discrepancies, and frowned upon as if you have committed the unpardonable sin. It gets hard sometimes when you hear people just bashing the Lord or this country, and calling evil good and good evil, but the Word says in Titus 3:2 'to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.' Jesus told the multitude in Matthew 15:11 'Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.' Usually, you would expect someone to talk about gentleness in their actions towards others, but I wanted to give you examples from my own life, and let it be known that we need to be gentle in our speech as well. Words can do more harm than we can imagine. Show gentleness toward each other. Show love and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in how to deal with each and every situation. The Holy Spirit is a great example of just how gentleness should work. The Holy Spirit is the most gentle person I know, and I praise God for Him. He has helped me on more than one occasion, and helped me to tame my tongue. I refuse to grieve Him over my peanut feelings, and will not embarrass my Lord. Let's all learn to be more gentle. It's a fruit that we can all work on. Be blessed.