Life on the Vine: Cultivating Gentleness

Dr. Tommy Simons

Followers of Jesus Christ, when we are in positions of authority, whether at the workplace, whether at church, whether we’re mom, dad, grandparent, uncle, we must combine truth telling with tenderness. Gentleness guards our tone. Gentleness builds bridges and not walls when communicating truth, correction or admonishment.

The farther I am away from my circle of friends and acquaintances the easier it is for me to be gentle. You know why? I don’t have to live with these people. But isn’t it amazing that those we are closest to, those that we love, those that are in our families, those that are in our closest circle, we can communicate truth and admonishment to the point that if we do not combine it with gentleness we are missing the point.