Thursday, May 09, 2013

Handle Gently

We all know what it means to be handled in a gentle way. And nearly everyone prefers gentle handling to rough handling. While our boys like to roughhouse, they also like a kind and gentle hand upon their shoulder. And when the hand is an angry and stiff one, then the resistance to that touch is often obvious and immediate. But a gentle hand and a gentle touch is a reminder that the one who touches this way is offering peace, is offering themselves in a humble fashion.
         It is rough hands and a hard touch that reminds the receivers that they must submit to the firmer hand, the stronger will, the one who controls by power.
         There is a time for strength and for power but when we are seeking to win those in our charge, a wife, a husband, a child, a parent, gentleness, kindness and humility are always better persuaders, at least if your intent is to win the heart and soul and not merely control the body.
         So, let us submit ourselves to God and learn to be humble so that we can also learn to be winsomely gentle.

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