be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be
pitiful, be courteous. 1 Peter 3:8.
great need there is of cultivating tenderness and gentleness. None should be ashamed
to manifest a tender, compassionate spirit for those who err; for those who think
they make no mistakes and far from being without fault before God. No one need
to think that the manifestation of compassion is something for which he need be
ashamed. . . .
a crisis comes in the life of any soul, and another attempts to give advice, that
advice and counsel will have only the weight of influence for good that their
example and spirit of the adviser has accumulated for him. It is the consistent
life, the revelation of a sincere, Christlike interest for the soul in peril,
that will make counsel effectual to persuade and win into safe paths. Those who
are quick to censure others, who speak words that cut and bruise the already wounded
soul, are doing Satan's work, and are laborers with the prince of darkness. .
the tempted and tried souls remember that when chastisement comes upon them, it
is the Lord who would save them from death. Let the souls to whom reproof comes,
remember that "as many as I love, I rebuke and chasten" (Rev. 3:19).
human agent, imbued with the Spirit of Christ, will watch for souls as they that
must give an account. The claims of Christ are upon us, and we must understand
our duty, and do it in the fear of God, with an eye single to His glory, and not
prove unfaithful. Let no thought of self or of natural feelings be cherished to
keep the lips silent. Speak, and be not afraid. With the heart full of tenderness
and love for souls, warn, exhort, and entreat.
cease to labor for a soul while there is one ray of hope. Your words may cut to
the soul. Oh, then be cautious, and clothe them with the love and tenderness of
Jesus. Soften every accent with love and sympathy. . . . As you deal with others,
as you judge others, so the Lord will judge and deal with you. Let the agent who
claims to be a child of God, practice the lessons of Christ. If he is compelled
to wound, let him feel the duty of healing as compulsory upon him. The truth is
ever to be spoken in love, with the Spirit of Christ abiding in the soul.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 225, 226.