“The best thing of all is God is with us.”

John Wesley

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Be glad in the Lord always! Again I say, be glad! Let your gentleness show in your treatment of all people. The Lord is near.

Philippians 4:4-5

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My dog, Cliffe, is the cutest and friendliest border-collie mix you’ll ever meet. Whenever he gets a treat, his excitement is evident and hilarious. As we extend a treat towards him, we say “Gentle... gentle... gentle…” to remind him to contain himself a little bit (or else he may unintentionally bite my hand off in his excitement over the milk-bone).

I often forget that “gentleness” is one of the fruits of the spirit. The way we speak to one another is an overflow, or the fruit, of our inward Spirit as a Christian. It’s not just about being surface-level polite and cordial; being gentle in the way we speak to others is a way of showing that Christ has deeply impacted our hearts, and how we seek to be in relationships with others. Has your love of Christ impacted the way you speak to others?

Molly Shoulta Tucker

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Holy God, thank you for continuing to change my heart to become more like you. With my words, my tone, and my intention, bring me into the mindset of Christ. Let me see others and speak to others as you would see them and speak to them. Amen.

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Praise the Lord for grace and favor
to all people in distress;
praise God, still the same as ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless.

Henry Lyte in “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven,” 1834

Molly Shoulta Tucker

Molly Shoulta Tucker is Pastor to High School Youth & Contemporary Worship Leader at Settle Memorial United Methodist Church in Owensboro, KY. She is a Louisville, KY native/avid Louisville Cardinal fan and met her Florida Gator husband while in seminary at Duke Divinity School. Molly enjoys running, football season, discussing the Enneagram (1w2), and hanging out with her border collie-mix, Cliffe (named after Duke football coach, David Cutcliffe).

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