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Mike I like your “rough and gruff” question. I for one believe we do not allow the Holy Spirit to tell us how to respond to any given situation or we suppress what we are being led to say and the tone we are being led to speak it in because we are in fear. We fear what others will think of us or that we will offend others. Many of us even believe that if we speak ever so gentile then the person or people we are speaking to will come running to the Lord either for Salvation or to Repentance.

I have been so “rough and gruff” from time to time when speaking or dealing with people at times I have even looked around and said, “Who said that?” I have even dealt gently with people who were out of control, belligerent and just plan “off-the-hook,” when I just wanted to bop the on the head. In a bible study I was leading on the unproductive fig tree, one of the people who lived on the street, a man, became so unruly because of the topic, he began cursing and shouted, “Why are you bringing up this Bible stuff?” I told him, “To seat down, shut up or leave; after all this is a church.” The authority, volume and intensity of my voice stunned even me. About 18 months latter, as I entered a subway train that a very seldom take I hear someone call my name. Recognizing no one on the I proceeded to take a seat. Again, I heard my name and then he added, “This is Padro.” Here before me was the man who had been out of control now in front of me in his right mind and I didn’t even recognize him. He had cleaned himself up, got into rehab, reconnected with his family and was going to church for a reason other than getting a free meal. I was absolutely stunned. When the original incident happened, there were none too few people rebuking me for my “attitude.” However, that “attitude” was what God used to speak to him.

When directed by the Holy Spirit, “rough and gruff” or “sweet as peaches,” God gives you the “attitude” needed to get the job done.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I came across your blog today. I'm currently reading through the One Year Bible (just started this month). In reading today's passage, several things stood out to me. Including: 1) 2 Kings 13:3-4 the people were being defeated by their enemies due to their own disobedience but when even when a wicked King turned and prayed God heard and answered his prayer. The prayer was Lord answered by sending a person to help defeat their enemies. 2. Even in oppression God did not allow Israel to be completely destroyed. 3) vs. 19 sometimes we quit to quickly-one time victory doesn't mean our enemies will not come back again. 4)where to put my confidence-just to list a few.

I love Elisha strength and guidance.

Yes, I do think that sometimes we have to be rough and gruff and I seem to have a problem with that, but I am learning. I have a person in my life who always tries to use my Christianity against me just because I don't do everything just the way they think it should be done.

The Poster above is in Dutch.

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