“God rests within gentle hearts. The gentle and merciful shall sit fearless in His regions, and will inherit Heavenly glory.”
—St. John Climacus
“Be gentle,” I instruct my children when they want to snuggle their newborn nephew. And by “gentle” I mean quiet, tender – handle with care.
“Be gentle,” I also advise them when dealing with their peers, teachers, neighbors and each other.
What good is to come of harshness? Was there a heart ever softened or mind opened by way of accusations or argument?
With all the violence and hatred being ravaged upon the world, how vitally important it is that we as followers of Christ wholly offer ourselves up in His name as soothing balms for hurting souls. By way of our meekness, and unconditional patience and mercy, we live and breath the Gospel message, which is not that “we are right” but that “God is Love.”
“Conquer evil men by your gentle kindness, and make zealous men wonder at your goodness. Put the lover of legality to shame by your compassion. With the afflicted be afflicted in mind. Love all men, but keep distant from all men.”
– St. Isaac of Syria
I am in this world, to get my hands dirty being a light in the darkness, but I am not of it. My hope and worth lie in Christ, and therefore I have access to complete freedom, from pride, insecurity, fear of death, from the compassion stifling hunger for revenge – all the earthly vices that rob us of peace and joy, and hinder our efforts to share Christ’s love with others.
Where there is anger, help me bring kindness. Where is there is pain, let me be comfort. When I am struck with contempt for my beliefs, may I turn the other the cheek.Read More