What are gentle words? I think of gentle words as the words a mother speaks to her newborn baby, overflowing with kindness and love, and an unmistakeable tone of voice that makes one feel cared for. More than what is said, the way it is said , like a gentle rain that caresses your soul.
Just as the gentle words spoken can make us feel secure and loved, harsh and deceitful words can cut us to the bone and leave us in total despair. Our harshly spoken words can have a lasting and devastating effect on those we may or may not intend to hurt.
We were not meant to do things totally on our own. We achieve more for ourselves, for our families, and for God, when we work together in synergy. When we insist on doing things all our way and on our own we accomplish far less and often for prideful reasons.
God has gifted us each with unique skills and talents, that when joined with the skills and talents of those He puts in our path, will allow us to accomplish far more, with less effort. The early church understood that as a community, they could work together to provide for the needs of all, and at the same time do a mighty work in the name of the Lord! It was the efforts of these community churches, that ignited the speading of the gospel message throughout the known world.
In the same manner, we are not meant to be separated from God. On our own we can accomlish little, but with His guidance and for His Glory we can accomplish great things! He calls us all to walk in His Grace and allow Him to lead us to the abundance He has waiting for us.
What we fear and are anxious about escapes our lips so easily without a thought, but the wise will consider and consult God before speaking. We see a true servant of God putting this into practice in Nehemiah 2:4 "The king said to me, "What is it you want?" Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king..." First Nehemiah prayed, then he answered the question he had been asked. If only we could learn to take that one extra step before we open our mouths, we would change the way we relate to each other and dramatically increase the joy in our lives.