The quality of gentleness, like that of meekness, is oftentimes associated with weakness, but it is in reality the opposite of that. In its root meaning the word "gentle" signifies noble; of high birth. "Gentle" is defined as "honorable," befitting a person of high birth. May we not lift this quality of gentleness into one befitting a consciousness of high birth, even the spiritual understanding of man's nobility as a son of God, Spirit?

True gentleness then is never weakness; it is born of conscious power. One who knows God and the power of good most frequently shows his strength in gentleness. This enabled King David to. declare, "Thy gentleness hath made me great." Gentleness born of Spirit is with power.

In many ways of nature the power of gentleness is shown. It is the "gentle rain from heaven," falling abundantly, not the torrential storms, that refreshes the earth and cause it to bring forth plentifully. With what gentle yet withal with what irresistible power does the seed thrust its way through soil and unfold in blossom and fruit and grain! How often does one watch with pleasure not unmixed with awe the gentle unfolding of a rose. Under the mandate of Mind each petal unfolds in gentle loveliness. And wise, indeed, is he who does not attempt with impatient fingers to interfere with that gentle unfoldment.

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February 15, 1947

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