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The Spiritual Man, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

56- Kindness and strength

 

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صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: المسيح في بستان جثسيماني، والتلاميذ نيام

The Lord Jesus Christ was very kind hearted. He will not quarrel nor cry out, nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoking flax He will not quench (Mt 12:19,20). And at the same time, He

was very strong. His personality was strong, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. He was strong in His words, in His conviction, in His love and in His effect on others...

He was kind hearted, loved children, embraced them and was compassionate towards them. His Disciple, John, used to lean on His bosom and He defended the sinful woman. At the same time, His dignity never departed from Him.

He allowed Satan to tempt Him. And when he overdid it, He rebuked Him (Mt 4).

He allowed the soldiers to arrest Him. And at the same time, when He said to them : I am He, they drew back and fell to the ground (Jn 18:6).

Parents and teachers are supposed to have kindness, but also to have dignity.

It is not good for them to lose their dignity because of their kindness.

Dignity is essential to maintain discipline and to uphold principles. Kindness is essential so people would obey because of their love and not because of fear.


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