‘Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.’ Ecclesiastes 10:12 NIV

Aesop, the famed fable author from ancient Greece, said, ‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, ever is wasted.’

James Merritt writes, ‘It costs to be unkind, but it pays to be kind.’ Now, being kind doesn’t mean tolerating wrong or refusing to confront a problem in order to be politically correct. Sometimes we must confront. But it should always be done in a gracious way. A calm demeanour will go a lot further than a harsh comment or an ugly tone of voice. You can make your point with a kind spirit, and even a sense of humour.

A man was standing in line to buy a plane ticket. When he reached the counter, he said, ‘I’d like to purchase a ticket to Port Moresby please.’

The ticket clerk said, ‘No problem, how many pieces of luggage do you have?’

The passenger replied, ‘I have three.’

The clerk asked, ‘Is some of it hand luggage or would you like me to check all three to Port Moresby?’

The man replied, ‘I want to send the first bag to Port Vila, the second to Honiara, and the third to Suva.’

Dumbfounded, the clerk looked at him and said, ‘I’m sorry, sir, but we can’t do that.’

The man smiled and said, ‘I don’t see why not; that’s what you did last week.’

You will always make your point more effectively with a butter knife than a butcher knife. Remember: ‘Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.’ If you’re serious about living by the teachings of God’s Word, today, try to be gracious.

SoulFood: Num 22–24, Mark 6:45–56, Ps 37:25–31, Pr 11:5–6

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