Parent Category: Ellen White Books (T-Z)
Category: Voice In Speech and Song
No Hasty, Angry Words -- Through the help that Christ can give, we shall be
able to learn to bridle the tongue. Sorely as He was tried on the point of hasty
and angry speech, He never once sinned with His lips. With patient calmness He
met the sneers, the taunts, and the ridicule of His fellow workers at the
carpenter's bench. Instead of retorting angrily, He would begin to sing one of
David's beautiful psalms; and His companions, before realizing what they were
doing, would unite with Him in the hymn. What a transformation would be wrought
in this world if men and women today would follow Christ's example in the use of
words!-- 7BC 936.
Gentleness of Disposition -- Love will do that which argument will fail to
accomplish. But a moment's petulance, a single gruff answer, a lack of Christian
politeness and courtesy in some small matter, may result in the loss of both
friends and influence.
What Christ was on this earth, the Christian worker should strive to be. He
is our example, not only in His spotless purity, but in His patience,
gentleness, and winsomeness of disposition. His life is an illustration of
true courtesy. He had ever a kind look and a word of comfort for the needy and
the oppressed. His presence brought a purer atmosphere into the home. His life
was as leaven working amid the elements of society.-- GW 121.