Pray for your kids – gentleness

Boy with Down Syndrome

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. (James 3:17 ESV)

When God makes a person wise they will also become gentle. This is a robust gentleness, able to be fair and considerate, merciful rather than inflexible.

Being gentle comes from the heart, whether expressed by delicate hands or a labourer’s strength. Fine, dainty hands may be gentle of touch even while the owner of those hands shows harshness of heart by what is spoken.

Whereas a clumsy, ham-fisted person may be truly wise and gentle hearted, dealing kindly with others in both word and deed. I pray that my kids will be like this, showing gentleness and fairness to others.

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3 thoughts on “Pray for your kids – gentleness

  1. As a maternity nurse, I would always say to parents, “Don’t pray for a smart kid. We have lots of those. Pray for a child of character and ask the Lord to direct you in raising a child of character.” Thanks for this post.


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