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Angry Boldness and Gentle Boldness — Learning the Difference

February 16th, 2013
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imagesHere’s the thing: just because we are on a mission from God, which we are, does not give us the right to say whatever we want, whenever we want to say it.

We all need to heed these very wise words from St. John Chrysostom. I know I sure need to work on this. Oh how often have I lashed out unthinkingly or said something that may be true, but not helpful.

If we speak in anger, we do it with passion and the “boldness” of those who are confident of their case. But if we speak with gentleness, this is boldness. Boldness is a success and anger is a failure. And success and failure can’t possibly go together. Therefore, if we want to have boldness, we must clear away our anger so that no once can attribute our words to it. No matter how sound your words may be, no matter how boldly you speak, how fairly you correct, or what not, you ruin everything when you speak with anger. Look at Stephen and how free his words to his persecutors were from passion. He didn’t abuse them but reminded them of the prophets’ words. In order to show you that it wasn’t done in anger, he prayed as he suffered evil from their hands, “Lay not to their charge this sin.” He was far from speaking those words in anger. No, he spoke out of grief and sorrow for their sakes.

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  1. February 17th, 2013 at 23:18 | #1

    Great quote. Where did you come across this, Rev’d McCain?

  2. February 18th, 2013 at 11:56 | #3

    @ptmccain

    The courteous thing to do would be to provide a link back to the source.

    • February 18th, 2013 at 14:44 | #4

      Chris, sorry, I really don’t remember where I found it now. If you find a link to it, I’ll be happy to post it.

  3. Jason B
    February 18th, 2013 at 19:58 | #5

    Hi Pastor. I think Mr Esget may have been subtly suggesting that you may have got that insight from his blog, which according to the posting date was done a day before your posting. The relevant link would be: http://www.esgetology.com/2013/02/15/are-you-sure-you-are-speaking-boldly/
    You may choose not to post this comment, I was just trying to be helpful as to where the link may be found. Of course, you may also have found the quote elsewhere…

    • February 19th, 2013 at 06:22 | #6

      Good to know, it very well could be where I saw it. Just don’t remember. I read/scan/skim over 100 blog sites every day and I can’t keep it all straight. Sorry Chris, great quote!

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