I know that one of the many things, I need to work on in life is how I listen to and respond to the people which God brings to me. This includes family, friends, co-workers, and anyone new that comes into my life. I don’t always know or understand someone else’s personal history or their life experiences. I also don’t understand or know their personal beliefs and convictions. But I do try to be caring and kind to others even when i hardly know them. Basically, I try to follow Jesus’ example of gentleness; he is the Good Shepherd and a gentle teacher. While pondering this, I came across this verse recently which immediately made a deep impression when I consider my own behavior; whether I’ve been kind or not so kind. Admittedly, I am not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but I can say that God is continually working on me.
Proverbs 15:1 (Holy Bible New International Standard):
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.