This hymn is speaking to me today, for a lot of reasons. It's probably the one thing I most often mess up.
Speak gently, it is better far
To rule by love than fear;
Speak gently, let no harsh word mar
The good we may do here.
Speak gently to the erring ones,
They must have toiled in vain;
Perchance unkindness made them so;
O win them back again.
Speak gently, 'tis a little thing,
Dropped in the heart's deep well;
The good, the joy that it may bring,
Eternity shall tell.
Christian Science Hymnal
God help me, I don't always remember the long term benefits of gentleness and too often I opt for the instant gratification of the outburst. It's a battle—but only with myself.
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