tender and mighty (Gentleness – Day 4 – Wardrobe of Virtues)

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Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity
are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
– Mohandas Gandhi –

Dearly Loved

Incomparably comfortable like a worn blanket, the virtue of our fourth day is made of a durable, quality fabric to have impact, but owns the softest touch you’ve ever felt. Lift out GENTLENESS, the fourth of seven new outfits for your wardrobe.

GENTLENESS is like a cable-knit sweater with a special type of twist made of two equal parts of strength and softness. It warms you, lightens the loads of those that see it, and is always, always well-received.

Gentleness…

  • originally meant “inherited nature” but later came to mean “freedom from harshness and violence.”
  • is rooted in the Latin word “gentilis” or “of the same family or clan.”
  • is similar to mildness, softness, tenderness, sweetness, kindness, and politeness.
  • is NOT being impervious, rough, harsh or severe.
  • is calm, yet strong.
  • allows you to crack the hardest shells.
  • can always overcome aggression and can break barriers.
  • can be cultivated with repetition and greater positive behavior and–like compassion & kindness–can increase the “engagement of neural systems implicated in understanding the suffering of other people and emotional control.”

Give YOURSELF Gentleness today by:

  1. acknowledging your strengths and your weaknesses and reassuring yourself that they are the perfect balance, the perfect twist–like a cable-knit stitch–created specifically for you.
  2. restrain your passion of anger, by harnessing your strength to show gentleness through love.
  3. enduring hurt and pain with patience and without resentment (this comes from the original Greek meaning of “meekness” which is similar to gentleness).

Give OTHERS (I’m talkin kids & family members, too!) Gentleness today, by:

  1. yielding to others first in speech and absorbing their stories and words before sharing your own.
  2. be considerate, modest, and courteous when engaging with people and the world around you.
  3. speaking the truth with a very guarded, soft, calm tone, so it can be well-received.

Maybe you can share the GIVING CARD with someone?

[If you missed the start of the week: (Wardrobe of Virtues: 7 Days of New Clothes),  check it out now and download your FREE Wardrobe of Virtues: VIRTUE CARDS (download now), GIVING CARDS (download now), SMARTPHONE LOCK SCREEN GRAPHIC (download now).]

dearly loved,
clothes yourselves with
compassion,
kindness,
humility,
gentleness,
and patience.
forgive…
and overall put on LOVE.

[adapted from Colossians 3:12-14]

Selah-Sig

 

 

REFERENCES: I referred to a few websites and books in writing of this post: the holy bible, YouVersion bible app, google definitions, http://www.newbrainliving.com/blog/anger-and-gentleness, html, http://www.thrivingfamily.com/Family/Faith/2011/strength-of-gentleness.aspx, http://virtuefirst.org/virtues/gentleness/, http://www.thesaurus.com, http://naturalsociety.com/random-acts-kindness-can-change-brains-chemistry/#ixzz42V0uo5y2.

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