But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
— James 3:17,18, NIV
The Lord would have us learn a lesson also from the experience of Daniel.
Daniel manifested the most perfect courtesy... When Daniel was required to partake of the luxuries of the king’s table, he did not fly into a passion, neither did he express a determination to eat and drink as he pleased. Without speaking one word of defiance, he took the matter to God.
He and his companions sought wisdom from the Lord, and when they came forth from earnest prayer their decision was made.
With true courage and Christian courtesy, Daniel presented the case to the officer who had them in charge, asking that they might be granted a simple diet. These youth felt that their religious principles were at stake, and they relied upon God, whom they loved and served. Their request was granted, for they had obtained favor with God and with men.
There are many who might become mighty men if like this faithful Hebrew they would depend upon God for grace to be overcomers, and for strength and efficiency in their labors.
“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” In your dealing with others, whatever you see or hear that needs to be corrected, first seek the Lord for wisdom and grace, that in trying to be faithful you may not be rude.
Ask Him to give you the gentleness of Christ; then you will be true to your duty, true to your position of trust, and true to God, a faithful steward, overcoming natural and acquired tendencies to evil.
If Christ is abiding in the soul His spirit will be revealed in the manner, the words, and the actions. Gentleness and love cherished in the heart will appear in self-denial, in true courtesy. Such workers will be the light of the world.
— Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p.263,264
Seek wisdom from the Lord in earnest prayer.
Depend on God for grace to be overcomers and for strength and efficiency in your labors.
When dealing with others who need correction, first seek the Lord for wisdom and grace that in trying to be faithful you may not be rude.
Ask Him to give you the gentleness of Christ, be true to your duty.