Character of the Church. The Lord wants His people to be “gentle,” I Thessalonians 2:6b,7, and “considerate,” James 3:17. Like His Son, we should not break a bruised reed, Matthew 12:20. Instead we are asked to “speak the truth in love,” Ephesians 4:15, to refrain from quarreling, to “be kind to everyone” and to “gently instruct those who oppose” us, II Timothy 2:24,25. —Ed Mathews

Good reminder in today’s devotional!

Focus question: How do people react to the tone of my words? Does my non-verbal communication reinforce or undermine the verbal content?