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October: Gentleness

Girl gone mild

Her theme for the first month, October, was Gentleness. She found it easy to kick the gossip habit and rewarding to practice contemplative prayer but very hard to stop swearing, or to be gentle AT ALL during televised football games. Can you relate? The Greek word for gentle is praus, used by Jesus in describing himself as “gentle and humble in heart”; it is listed as one of the nine fruits of the spirit in Galatians, and it is the praus (meek) who inherit the earth. Herewith an excerpt on gossip:

“Gossip is a surprisingly serious infraction in Scripture, and is listed along with wickedness, evil, greed, depravity, envy, God-hating, and murder as part of the apostle Paul’s indictment against sinful humanity in Romans 1. … According to the Talmud, loshon hara [evil talk] kills three people: the ne who speaks it, the one who hears it, and the one about whom it is told. … As Tina Fey put it, ‘Girl-on-girl sabotage is the third worst kind of female behavior, right behind saying “like” all the time and leaving your baby in a dumpster.’”