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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,

Rough and Gruff, WOW. As a retired LEO(Law enforcement Officer 40+ years ) I have a very difficult time moving over to the Meek and Mild side. It's almost impossible to do sometime,with the help of the Holy Spirit I am trying to control the Ruff and Gruff. My Ruff and Gruff side sees only Black and White,not to many shades of Grey. Thank You for your Blog.

I agree with you Martin, after 26 years in the military my family still reminds You are not in the Navy now so use your tender voice.
Thanks Mike for leading us.

I've been to Petra and it's amazing. I went to Jordan in April around Easter time and I really liked the Baptism Site. Next month, I'm going to Ephesus. I've also been to Rome. It's easy for me to do the biblical sites tour now since I live in Lebanon (the land of the majestic Cedar). I pray everyone will get the chance to visit these places one day because it's a really nice experience. I'm glad that I read my bible before visiting (it's the third year with oneyearbibleblog) because it made my journey richer and more meaningful. I thank The Lord for you.

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